Use two or more security measures and reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
That’s the simple advice from the Metropolitan Police. It might sound obvious, but the more layers of security you use, the less likely it is that your motorcycle will be stolen.
Incredibly, research by West Midlands police revealed that less than half of the bikes and scooters parked in Birmingham's Cathedral Quarter were protected with a chain, disc lock or similar device. Such easy-pickings make well-protected machines much less attractive to criminal gangs.
The most popular layers of motorbike security are;
- DISC LOCKS. Small and easy to carry, disc locks offer practical everyday security and are a visible deterrent to criminals. They can be locked onto the front brake disc on a motorcycle or scooter in seconds. Alarmed disc locks, which have an internal siren that is triggered by movement, provide two layers of security in one handy device.
- CHAIN LOCKS. Looped through the rear wheel and frame, a chain and padlock creates an extra barrier for bike thieves and, when looped around a something solid that’s fixed to the ground (e.g. lamp post, railings or ground anchor), make it impossible to lift the motorcycle into a van.
- BIKE COVERS - out of sight, out of mind. Research shows that thieves are less likely to target motorcycles or scooters if they can’t easily identify them as something desirable. Bizarrely, criminals are reluctant to remove, or even lift up, bike covers, so it’s worth using one whenever you park up and leave your machine outside, whether at home, college or work.
- ANCHORS. Often referred to as ground anchors, some can be bolted to a wall, offering you the flexibility to fit them in a variety of locations inside or outdoors. They provide an extra line of defence, allowing you to lock your bike or scooter to the wall or floor, so it can't be man-handled off the premises.
The magnificent seven motorcycle security products
- Gear Gremlin Tempest - an entry-level disc lock for just £22.99 [http://www.fowlers.co.uk/shop/ggs-spitfire-10mm-disc-lock-1256].
- KOVIX KD Series disc lock - has an ear-splitting 120db alarm siren, triggered by a motion sensor. It retails at £59.99 [http://www.fowlers.co.uk/shop/6mm-alarm-disc-lock-fluo-orange-32466] .
- ABUS Detecto - has a 3mm x 5mm ‘square’ locking pin and vibration sensitive 110db alarm, selling at £95.99 [http://www.fowlers.co.uk/shop/abus-detecto-7000-rs-3-yellow--11305]
- Gear Gremlin’s Scorpion chain has 9.5mm CR-MO hardened steel links and is secured by a padlock with a triple ball bearing locking system and an 11mm diameter shackle, also manufactured from hardened CR-MO steel. Prices from £40 [http://www.fowlers.co.uk/shop/scorpion-chain-lock-1_2m-30776]
- The KOVIX KCL alarmed chain lock backs up the physical reassurance of 10mm link chain that has a stainless steel padlock welded onto it for extra strength, with a 120db motion sensitive alarm, to scare off anyone who tampers with it. It sells for £124.99 in 1.5M length [http://www.fowlers.co.uk/shop/10mm-x-150mm-alarmed-chain-32441]
- There are a variety of anchors to suit different locations, which you can see here [http://www.fowlers.co.uk/shop/ground-anchors-994]
- Gear Gremlin waterproof covers are available for all shapes and sizes, from mopeds to super cruisers. Prices start at £32.99 for something to fit a 50cc machine [http://www.fowlers.co.uk/shop/gga-motorcycle-cover-50cc-1281], topping out at £52.99 for a cover to fit motorcycles 1200cc and above