With over 8,000 scooters stolen in London last year, the Met Police have launched an awareness campaign to encourage riders to lock up their scooters. They have produced a new hard-hitting short film to show just how brazen these motorcycle thieves are. With the help of a former bike thief they have gained valuable insight into not only the motivations behind committing these crimes, but also how best to avoid becoming a victim of them. You can view the video here:
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 23, 2017
The main take aways from this video are:
- Don’t rely on your steering lock, they can break it in a heartbeat.
- 1 Lock is no longer viewed as a deterrent but an opportunity
- 2 Locks are an instant ‘put off’ due to the additional time involved.
So, whilst its unfortunate that we have to think this way, the best way to avoid being a targetted by motorcycle thieves is 2 locks. That is by no means fool proof, there are more sophisticated criminals out there that will have the facilities to simply lift the bike, locks and all, those kind of thieves can only be put off with the addition of things like Ground Anchors. If, however you don’t own a superbike and are simply wanting to protect yourselves from these opportunist thieves in and about London, the answer seems pretty clear. Double lock your bike!
We came across the following image produced by the Police, and we think it sums this up pretty nicely.
We have a range of locks available starting at just £21.99. For additional protection, you could also consider an ‘alarmed lock’. These locks let off a siren when tampered with alerting any passers by that something is wrong. It’s just an extra way to ensure that any bike thieves have less time trying to break the lock before someone notices what they’re up to. Our range of alarm locks start from just £26.99 (Currently on offer reduced from £36.99) with the Oxford Screamer Alarm Disc Lock. This lock lets out a 100dB alarm when tampered with, spooking the thief, and alerting people around them.
So take advantage of our current offer, #SecureYourScooter and #SecureYourBike today!