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There are many different types of security devices available for securing your motorbike against theft, but which one will work best for you?

  1. Ground anchors
  2. Chains and padlocks
  3. D-locks / U-locks
  4. Disc locks
  5. Security marking
  6. Electronic tagging
  7. What is a tracker?
  8. What is an immobiliser?

Ground anchors

Secured onto a wall or into the floor, ground anchors provide a fixed point to lock your bike to within a garage or on a driveway area. By using a ground anchor, heavy duty chain and padlock you are greatly improving the overall security of your bike and significantly reducing the opportunity of getting it stolen. Always purchase a good quality ground anchor that has been rated by Sold Secure and has been approved by your insurer. The Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated ground anchor  is the most secure of its kind.

PJB’s Bull Point Anchor is Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated, with a:

  1. fully case hardened to RC 60 Spec
  2. fits chains up to 19mm
  3. made in Britain
  4. and is available to buy from £29.99.

More reliable insurance approved ground anchors include:

  1. PJB Immobiliser MK2 Anchor Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated (available from £36.00)
  2. Taurus Built in Anchor Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated (available from £42.99)  

Chains and padlocks

Chain locks are extremely flexible and normally shorter than cables. The strength of the chain is determined by the type of steel it is made from and the free space within the links.

Chains are good at withstanding tensional forces (stretch) but may be broken by torsional forces (twisting). This torsional force is achieved by inserting two long levers into the gaps created between links and moving the levers in opposite directions. Better quality chains will have a reduced gap between consecutive links and be of hardened steel.

The following examples are Sold Secure rated, insurance industry approved chains and padlocks, which may warrant you a discount from your insurer.

  1. Oxford HD Sold Secure ‘Silver’ rated  (available from £28.00)
  2. Oxford Hardcore Chain Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated  The UKs biggest selling approved chain and padlock (available from £54.00)
  3. Oxford Monster chain and lock Sold Secure ‘Gold’ and Thatcham approved (available £75.00)

'D' or 'U-Locks

D-locks consist of two parts, the mechanism housing and a U shaped round bar, the ends of which fasten into the mechanism housing.

The bar should be made of hardened steel to resist cutting, as should the housing which contains the lock mechanism.

U-locks that are Sold Secure rated, insurance industry approved may warrant a discount with your insurer when used whilst your bike is left unattended.

Insurance approved (Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated) products:

  1. Oxford Magnum comes with a £1000 Anti-theft Guarantee (available from £54.00)
  2. Kryptonite New York M-18WL Lock, passed FFMC and Classe SRA tests and comes with a limited lifetime warranty (available from £73.00)

Disc Locks

Can be used as an immobiliser on bikes fitted with disc brakes, make sure you choose a suitable size.

Disc locks that are Sold Secure rated, insurance industry approved may warrant a discount with your insurer when used whilst your bike is left unattended.

  1. Insurance approved products Oxford HD Mini Shackle Sold Secure ‘Silver’ rated and made from hardened steel (available from £18.00)
  2. Oxford The Boss Sold Secure ‘Gold’ rated, Thatcham approved and comes with a rider warning cable (available from £45.00)

Security marking systems

Using security marking system like those supplied by Alphadot, Data Tag and Smart Water will improve the chances of your bike being returned to you if it is recovered.

A thief will find that a stolen bike which is security marked harder to sell. If your bike is clearly identified as being security marked, it may reduce the chance of it being taken in favour of one which is not marked.

What is a tracker?

A tracker is an electronic device - normally fitted as an accessory after purchase of the motorbike- which emits a signal enabling law enforcement agencies to locate the motorbike anywhere in the UK if it has been stolen.

Vehicle tracking systems are amongst the most expensive and effective security systems. With a high purchase price and a monthly rental charge they are generally best suited to high value bikes.

There are a many different systems on the market, but all work on the same principle. Once equipped with a transmitter, the tracking company can track your vehicle anywhere in the world thanks to Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology.

Most systems work on two levels. The first, and cheapest relies on the owner to contact the operator once realising their vehicle is missing. They then liaise with the police to recover the vehicle. But if the owner fails to realise in time that the vehicle is missing, it may have already been stripped and the transmitter destroyed.

The second type results in a more proactive service from the operator. If the vehicle is driven at an unusual time or into an unusual area (a map of the owner’s normal usage is built up), they will contact the owner by phone to confirm that they know the whereabouts of the vehicle. If it appears to be stolen the police will be called.

What is an immobiliser?

An immobiliser is an electronic device which stops the motorbike from being started in the event of a robbery. Although an immobiliser will not prevent the motorbike from being stolen, it will prevent the motorbike being started.

How do I know what sort of immobiliser/tracker/alarm system my motorbike has?

Newer motorbikes come with some sort of alarm and/or immobiliser. Insurers will already have details of the alarms and immobilisers that are fitted to newer motorbikes. This is already built into their insurance rating criteria.

All alarms and immobilisers are categorised and insurers may give discounts depending upon the make and model of your alarm or immobiliser. Make sure you look up the alarm details on the documentation that comes with the alarm and declare the make and model to your insurer.

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The content within this website is not exhaustive and should only be used as a general overview. Insurers will stipulate specific warranties within their terms and conditions, which can often be modified from insurer to insurer. Always refer to your policy wording to ensure you have met their warranty requirements. Prices quoted are correct as at December 2010, and are subject to change. The products recommend within this website gives the reader an insight into the more effective security products available in the market, it does not give any form of guarantee that these products will be 100% effective in combating crime. Also, it does not guarantee that these methods are suitable for specific applications. It is the responsibility of the equipment supplier and equipment purchaser to ensure that their chosen security device is suitable to its particular application and that it complies with all legislation, standards, codes of practice or any other requirement. Every effort has been made to ensure the contents of this site is accurate, however CSP does not accept any responsibility for losses arising from decisions based upon the content herein.