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Our list of security tips is not exhaustive, but they are all measures that will reduce the chances of having your bike stolen. Due to increasing motorcycle insurance premiums its worth investing in several different methods to secure your bike - not only at home, but also when you pop to the shops for five minutes. If you scrimp on your bike's security you may pay the price in the long run.

Bike Theft - The Facts

  1. Only 26% of stolen bikes are recovered – and the majority of these will have suffered major damage.
  1. 50% of riders don't lock their bike.
  1. 80% of stolen bikes are taken from the owners’ homes.
  1. 60% of bikes stolen are broken-up for parts.
  1. The bike theft rate is twice that of cars.
  1. The professional can steal your bike in as little as 15 seconds -even with a lock!

Anti-theft advice

  1. Ultraviolet Pen

Cheap and effective way of marking various parts of your bike and only visible under an ultraviolet light.

  1. Datatag

A permanent code etched on your bike's panels which makes it difficult for a thief to sell on. Transponders in the petrol tank and wheels can be picked up by a police scanner.

  1. Garage Alarm

Buy a motion sensitive garage alarm and fix it at the far end of the garage, this gives the thief less time to attack it. Check the location, don't block the sensor and test it frequently.

  1. Ground Anchor 

Don't place it in the middle of the garage so the thief has more space to use their disc cutter, crowbar etc.

  1. Garage Lock 

Use a lock similar to the Garage Defender, fit in the middle of the door to prevent the corner being forced.

  1. Side door

Don't ignore the side-door to your garage, make sure it's properly secured, it's no good securing the garage door if you have a side-door made out of balsa wood!

  1. Brake lever lock

Often overlooked but very portable and a good supplement to other security devices, it clamps the front brake lever fully on.

  1. U-Lock 

Always lock your bike using a U-lock to an immoveable object or ideally fit it through the rear wheel and over swingarm.

  1. Disc lock

Fits snugly to the caliper. For added security use in conjunction with a U-lock.

  1. Arm you bike alarm

An opportunist bike thief will think twice if the alarm starts screaming.

  1. Kill Switch

Fit an alternative well-hidden kill switch.

  1. Block the exit

If you own a car, use it to block the entry to your bike, into a corner, against a wall or to prevent the garage door being opened.

  1. Neighbours 

The more people that know you and the fact that you own a bike, the more pairs of eyes you have to report suspicious activity.

  1. Routine

Wherever possible, avoid parking your bike and the same place, if your regular movements are being watch by an organised bike gang they will know exactly when best to steal your bike. The less opportunities they have the better.

  1. Make sure that all the motorbike security devices that you buy are either Thatcham or Sold Secure approved, as these met the highest standards in the industry. Thatcham is an approved testing agency and so even though their security devices will be more expensive it will be near impossible for a thief to get through it.

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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.