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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

ABUSGranit X Plus 540 D Shackle Lock 230mm (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

ABUSGranit X Plus 540 D Shackle Lock 300mm (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

 

PragmasisAnti-pinch locking pin (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

Pragmasis Roundlock RL21 and RL21A (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

PragmasisDIB 130, 190 and 260 D locks (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

 

Squire - Attila Disc Lock (SBD & Sold Secure Diamond)

SquireEiger mini D lock – disc lock (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

Squire - GA6 Lock Motor Cycle (BPGAX) (SBD & Sold Secure Diamond)

SquireSS50CS padlock (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireSS65CS padlock (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireSS80CS Padlock (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireSS80S Padlock (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

 

Chains

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

 

Master Lock - 8239 EURDPRO Chain and U lock (SBD and SOLD SECURE SILVER)

 

Pragmasis – Protector 19mm, 16mm and 13mm chain (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

Pragmasis – Protector 22mm Titan chain (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

 

SquireSS50CS/TC4 padlock and chain set (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireSS65CS/TC4 padlock and chain set (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireColossus Padlock and Chain (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireJuggernaut Padlock and Chain (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireMassive Padlock and Chain (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireSamson Padlock and Chain (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

SquireTC16, and TC19 (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

Squire - TC22 Chain (SBD & Sold Secure Diamond)

SquireTC3, TC4, TC6 Chain (SBD and Sold Secure Gold)

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

Squire - SS100C Padlock & TC22mm Chain (SBD & Sold Secure Diamond)

Squire - SS100 Padlock & TC22mm Chain (SBD & Sold Secure Diamond)

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

Squire - Behemoth Padlock and Chain (SBD & Sold Secure Diamond)

 

Covers

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