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Date: 21 June 2017

With the 2017 Ride to Work Week www.ridetoworkweek.co.uk 19th-23rd June fully underway, TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) specialist (part of the Tantalum Corporation) reminds bikers to remain vigilant with their motorbike security this summer. The warning comes as TRACKER data reveals that over £687,000 worth of scooters and motorcycles were recovered in 2016, an increase of 9.2% from the previous year.
“With longer daylight hours and warmer weather, we’re already seeing more motorcyclists on the road but when motorbikes aren’t in use, it’s all the more important for bikers to be vigilant in protecting their vehicles from theft,” said Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “It isn’t just high value bikes that are being stolen, scooters equated to 3 out of the 5 most commonly stolen and recovered bikes by TRACKER in the last year. Commuter and delivery bikes are often easy targets for thieves who often use the bikes to commit more serious offences.  So during Ride to Work Week, when we expect to see a greater number of motorbikes and scooters on the road, criminals are likely to make the most of the increased opportunity.
“We would always advise bike and scooter owners to make it as difficult as possible for thieves by using a range of security options, including chains, immobilisers and markets. A tracking device won’t stop a bike being stolen, but it does increase the chances of a speedy recovery.”
Using patented VHF technology it can track stolen motorcycles and scooters, even if they are hidden in containers, lock-ups or underground car parks. The high tech tracking technology is not blocked by GPS/GSM signal jammers and the signal can be picked up throughout the UK and Europe, including France, Spain, Poland, Holland, Luxembourg and Italy - perfect for those planning a summertime ride across the Continent.
TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

TRACKER’s Top Tips for Motorcycle Security:
  • Motorbike Locks
Always secure chain locks of cable locks to an immovable object, such as a lamp post.  Always try to thread the chain or cable through the bike frame.  
  • Motorbike Alarms and Immobilisers
A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only deter a thief, but could also reduce insurance premiums. It’s crucial to get it fitted by a factory trained technician as modern bikes are sensitive to poorly fitted alarms.
  • Mark Your Motorcycle
Using a simple UV pen, mark parts of the motorcycle with the VIN (vehicle identification number), vehicle registration and postcode. Alternatively invest in an identification system such as Datatag.
  • Remove Equipment
As an added guard, remove the spark plug or HT cap.
  • Be Seen!
Always park the bike where it can be seen, day or night, by passers by.
  • Use Different Parking Spots
Try to vary the places you park - sophisticated thieves will study parking habits and routines before making a theft.
  • Use Public Secure Parking
Most cities will have a secure parking area for motorcycles with fixed security hoops for locking chains to - use them.
  • Garage
If you have a garage, use it.  Always put the bike away immediately and make sure the garage is properly secure.  Consider putting in a ground anchor in the garage to lock the bike to.
  • If You Love it, Track It…
Invest in a stolen vehicle recovery system and be sure to chose one that is used by all UK police forces.  You could also reduce insurance premiums.

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