Motorcycle security tips when you’re out and about
- Ensure your bike is fitted with a combined alarm and immobiliser which will deter thieves when the alarm sounds.
- Attach both a disc lock and U-lock. Do not rely on one device, The more security placed on your bike, the less attractive it is to a thief.
- Try to park under street lights
- When applying your locks, ensure they are secured to a solid anchor point or a permanent piece of street furniture. Keep the lock off the ground where possible as this makes it difficult for the thief to remove.
- Cover your motorcycle and ensure the cover is attached to the security device.
- Where possible use ‘Thatcham’ or ‘Secure by Design’ approved devices. These have been tested by the industry and are generally agreed to be Some of the most robust security devices available.
- Ensure you always activate the steering lock.
- Avoid leaving your helmet or other possessions on the motorcycle, in luggage space or panniers.
- Try and use Motorcycle car parks that are accredited to the ‘Parkmark’ scheme, as they are safer places to park vehicles. Log onto Parkmark for a list of car parks on your area.
- Be vigilant, ensure that you are not being followed home and check for suspicious items attached to your motorcycle.
Security tips when you are at home
- Fit a good quality hasp and padlock to the Garage or shed door Appropriate products that are approved as ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Secured by Design’ should be considered
. For more information visit Secured By Design
- Secure windows and don’t give intruders the opportunity to see inside. Depending on the type of window, you could consider fitting internal window grills, heavy wire mesh or reinforced glass. You could also use curtains or opaque film. If the window opens, a window lock should be fitted.
- If you have an intruder alarm, consider extending it to cover sheds garages and outbuildings and ensure that there is a visible ALARM.
- If you do not have a secure shed then bring items inside – don’t leave them lying out.
- If your garage adjoins your home and there is a through door, keep it locked.
- You should fit a solid anchor point within this storage area and secure your bike to the anchor point using a good quality lock and chain.
For more information, read about motorcycle security on the Master Locksmiths Association website. You can also download the below PDF on securing your motorcycle, and there is an identification form you can use in the event of your vehicle being stolen.
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