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Autumn is prime time for bike thieves

Date: 24 September 2013

Police carAccording to TRACKER’s annual stolen motorbike recovery figures, 31% of all bikes it recovered in 2012 were stolen in the autumn months. As the main biking season enters its final few weeks and nights start drawing in, TRACKER advises bikers to be extra vigilant with their security.   
Stuart Chapman police liaison officer for TRACKER says, “Our figures show that autumn sees the highest increase in the number of bikes being stolen with the summer months having the lowest amount of bikes being stolen and recovered. In fact we saw a drop of 10% in bikes being stolen during the winter months, compared to autumn. Overall £477,200 worth of motorbikes, mopeds, scooters and quad bikes were stolen and recovered by TRACKER during 2012. 
“At the end of a good biking season, it always pays to ensure you have taken adequate measure to protect your bike when you are not using it. These simple steps can save heartache and the expense of finding that your bike has been stolen while in storage for the winter.”
  • Fit a tracking device to ensure recovery if the bike is stolen.
  • Always put the steering lock and chains on.
  • Keep your keys with you at all times and keep them safe at home.
  • If you have a garage, use it to store your bike.
  • Make sure your garage is fitted with strong locks.
  • Mark the main areas of the motorcycle with your registration number or post code.
  • Purchase a good immobiliser. 
  • Do not advertise your motorcycle to the world by leaving it on the drive. If you do not have a garage, cover it or park it in the back garden.
  • When you park your bike in a public place, cover it and park in a well-lit area.
Celebrating 20 years of successful vehicle recoveries, TRACKER  has recovered over £475 million worth of stolen vehicles to date and continues to recover on average £1 million worth of stolen vehicles each month. 
TRACKER stolen motorcycle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several places around the motorcycle. TRACKER offers the ultimate in protection as it detects when the bike is being moved without the ignition being turned on. The tracking device works even if the motorcycle is hidden in a container or transported on back of a van. TRACKER is the only vehicle tracking system operated by all police forces in the UK, offering bike owners the ultimate in security.

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