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Summer security for motorcycle owners

Date: 18 June 2015

The motorcycle season is upon us and TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation) reminds bikers to remain vigilant with their security, this summer. In 2014, TRACKER recovered over £380,000 worth of scooters and motorcycles, highlighting the threat of theft.
“Last year, the most expensive bike we recovered was a Suzuki GS XR600 K7 worth £15,000, but our figures show that vehicles worth as little as £1,500 are just as likely to be a target for thieves,” explains Andy Barrs, Police Liaison Officer at TRACKER.
“In a recent recovery of a KTM 990 Supermoto worth £7,000, the customer had literally just had his tracking unit fitted that morning. Later that day, purely by coincidence, the motorbike was stolen from South West London. The TRACKER unit was activated immediately and the police recovered it in less than an hour. This case demonstrates how having a tracking device significantly increases the chances of police finding and returning a stolen bike, which could otherwise be broken down for parts, never to be seen again.”
TRACKER Retrieve is a Battery Powered device that uses patented VHF technology that 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 stopped by GPS/GSM signal jammers and the signal can be picked up throughout the UK, as well as France, Spain, Poland, Holland, Luxembourg and Italy - perfect for those planning a summertime ride across Europe.
Specially developed to protect unpowered or infrequently used assets to avoid draining the battery, Battery Powered TRACKER Retrieve has its own power source and does not need to be wired into the electrical system of a vehicle, making it ideal for motorcycles, including vintage bikes.  It’s now easier than ever to buy TRACKER’s range of SVR solutions by visiting TRACKER’s new online shop at www.trackerdirect.co.uk.
Andy Barrs concludes, “We advise bike and scooter owners to make it difficult 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 before the bike is broken down for parts.”
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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