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Don't give criminals an easy ride!

Alert message sent 06/07/2012 19:31:00
Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch in Nottinghamshire
Motorbikes and Scooters are an easy target for thieves if they are not secured, as they can be wheeled away or bundled into a van in seconds. The last thing any rider wants is for their pride and joy to be stolen. It may be insured for theft, but the hassle and time it takes to get the insurance money to replace it will be terrible, and your insurance premiums will go up because you’ve made a claim. Motorbike and Scooter theft is big business, so it’s important to keep your machine safe by taking steps to protect it and by choosing the right security devices.
 
  • If your motorbike doesn’t already have one, get a ‘Thatcham’ or ‘Sold Secure’-approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted. Try to get one which is also approved by your insurance company. (www.thatcham.org or www.soldsecure.com )
  • If your bike has a high monetary or sentimental value, consider having a Thatcham Cat 5 security system professionally fitted. These systems send an alert to a control centre if your motorbike is stolen, track it and by remote operation prevent its engine, once stopped, from being restarted.
  • If you have a security device, use it and always keep your keys with you when you leave your machine, even for a short time. Always keep your keys in a safe place when you are at home.
  • Always put the steering lock on.
  • Whenever possible, use parking spaces which are built especially for motorbikes and scooters and have stands or security loops for you to secure your machine to. Also look for car parks that display the ‘Park Mark’ sign showing they belong to the police Safer Parking Scheme.
  • When you are not using your motorbike or scooter, put it in your garage (if you have one) and make sure it has good locks. If you do not have a garage, installing a ground anchor is a good bet.
  • Get the main parts of your machine marked with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (frame number), registration number or some other unique identifying number, ideally one linked to a recognised database that keeps data to the Loss Prevention Council (LPC) Standards 1224 and 1225. If you have used your own markings, make sure you have a record of them.
  • Take steps to defeat criminals who steal number plates by thinking about fitting theft-resistant ones that conform to the DVLA standard.
  • Cover your machine if possible.
  • Whenever possible, avoid leaving your helmet or other possessions on the motorbike or scooter, or in luggage space or in panniers.
 
Please pass this message on to those family members or friends who own a motorbike or scooter and who may find the information useful.
 
Hucknall community Neighbourhood Alert Team.
Message sent by
Marilyn Vickers (NHWN, NHW Volunteer Coordinator, Nottinghamshire, Ashfield South)

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