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The Metropolitan police has launch a new crime prevention campaign, supported by Secured by Design asking Londoners to lock, chain and cover their bikes.

Thousands of scooters, motorcycles and mopeds were stolen in London last year. Police are mounting operations to arrest those responsible; using faster bikes to catch criminals, “stinger” devices to deflate tyres and a forensic spray to mark individuals committing offences.

A large number of bikes are left without extra security. It takes seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, if unprotected.  Police officers are asking Londoners to lock, chain and cover their bikes to make them harder to steal.

The Metropolitan police advice is to lock, chain, cover

Lock

Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it being wheeled away.

Chain

Thieves often steal a bike by breaking the steering lock and wheeling it away. Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture. This will stop thieves from cutting a lock trailing on the ground using an angle grinder. If this isn’t possible, thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel.

Cover

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Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models. Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief. Unfortunately security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen but, by using multiple security measures, you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves. For security products for your scooter, motorcycle or moped search our ‘Accredited products’ page.

Remove the keys

Thieves are often opportunists and so they will look for bikes that are quick and easy to steal first. Always use the steering lock and remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. Never rely on just using your steering lock to secure your bike as thieves can break the steering lock and simply wheel the bike away.

Fitting an alarm can be a deterrent to thieves

Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle. A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only put off thieves, but could also reduce your insurance premiums.

When at home the best place to keep your motorcycle, moped or scooter is in your garage or shed

Fit a garage door defender or upgrade garage door locks. Garage and shed alarms as well as low level dusk to dawn lighting will also enhance security. Fitting a ground anchor also provides extra security. Motorcycle lockers are also available to store your bike at home.

No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can

Park it in an area near to your home where it’s well overlooked with good lighting or in a car park with a higher level of security.

Secured by Design Scooter Safety Products

Locks

ABUS (UK) Ltd - Granit X Plus 540 D Shackle Lock 230mm (SBD )

ABUS (UK) Ltd - Granit X Plus 540 D Shackle Lock 300mm (SBD )


ASSA ABLOY - Door Hardware Group - Union CodeGUARD 5 Push Button Lock Set (SBD , BS 8607)


Disklok UK Ltd - Disklok Steering Wheel Lock (SBD , Sold Secure Gold, Sold Secure SS102 - Gold, Sold Secure SS102 - Gold, Sold Secure SS107 - Gold)


Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - DIB 130 D Lock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Gold, Sold Secure SS303 - Gold)

Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - Roundlock RL21 and RL21A (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Gold, Sold Secure SS303 - Gold)

Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - Anti-Pinch Pin (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS102 - Gold, Sold Secure SS103 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Gold, Sold Secure SS108 - Gold)

Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - DIB 190 D Lock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Gold, Sold Secure SS303 - Gold)

Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - DIB 260 D Lock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Gold, Sold Secure SS303 - Gold)


Squire - Eiger Mini D Lock Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - SS50CS Padlock Only Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - SS65CS Padlock Only Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - Squire Padlocks SS80S SR3 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3)

Squire - Squire Padlocks SS80CS SR3 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3)

Squire - Squire Padlocks SS50S SR2 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR2)

Squire - GA6 Lock Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond)

Squire - Squire Attila Disc Lock Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS65S LEV 3 SR3 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS65 M3ARX LEV3 SR3+ (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3+)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS50 M3ARX SR2+ (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR2+)

Squire - SS80CS Padlock Only Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - SS80S Padlock Only Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - Squire SS100 Padlock SR4 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR4)

Squire - Squire SS100c Padlock SR4 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR4)

Squire - Squire Padlocks SS80NW4 SR3 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS80CNW4 SR3 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS50CS SR2 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR2)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS50C M3ARX SR2+ (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR2+)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS65C M3ARX LEV3 SR3+ (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3+)

Squire - Squire Padlock SS65CS LEV3 SR3 (SBD , LPS 1654: Issue 1: SR3)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrior 65CS Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrior Combi 65 Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrior Combi 65C Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrrior 65 Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Chains

BikeTrac - BikeTrac Chain and Lock/ Disc Lock (SBD , STS 502 TR2)


Master Lock - 8239EURDPRO (SBD , STS 502 TR2)


Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - Protector 22mm Titan Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS102 - Gold, Sold Secure SS103 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Gold, Sold Secure SS108 - Gold)

Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - Protector 16mm Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS102 - Gold, Sold Secure SS103 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Gold, Sold Secure SS108 - Gold, Sold Secure SS307 - Gold)

Pragmasis Limited - SecurityForBikes.com - Protector 13mm Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold, Sold Secure SS104 - Diamond, Sold Secure SS106 - Silver, Sold Secure SS307 - Gold)


Squire - Squire SS100 Padlock & TC22mm Chain Open Shackle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - SS50CS/TC4 Padlock and Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - TC3 14mm Motorcycle Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - SS65CS/TC14 Padlock and Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - TC22 Motorcycle Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond)

Squire - TC22-SS80CS Lock and Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond)

Squire - TC6 14mm Motorcycle Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - Massiv Padlock and Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - Juggernaut Padlock and Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - Samson Padlock and Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - Colossus Padlock and Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - TC16 Motorcycle Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - TC19 Motorcycle Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - TC4 14mm Motorcycle Chain (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - Squire SS100C Padlock & TC22mm Chain Closed Shackle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond)

Squire - Squire Leviathan Padlock & Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond)

Squire - Squire Behemoth Padlock and Chain Motorcycle (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Diamond)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrior 65CS Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrior Combi 65 Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrior Combi 65C Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Squire - G4 Chain with Warrrior 65 Padlock (SBD , Sold Secure SS101 - Gold)

Covers

Covers aren’t security rated but are widely available online and in specialist vehicle shops.