Motorbike theft is a serious crime which happens on a regular basis across the UK with around 50% of all motorbikes thefts happening in London. This harrowing statistic really shows how much you can be at risk of having your pride and joy snatched away from you with absolutely no notice. This wave of motorcycle related crime spawned an industry of motorbike security measures which can be employed to keep your bike as safe as possible where ever it may be parked.
One classic way of keeping reducing the risk of becoming a victim of motorbike theft is to chain up your motorcycle. This method is a long standing, traditional way to keep your bike safe but they do have some disadvantages. A normal metal chain does not really prove to be much of a challenge for the modern day motorcycle thief. A sturdy set of bolt cutters will be able to cut through a normal chain allowing the bike to be stolen with relative ease. Modern motorcycle chains tent to have been designed to give a greater level of security when your bike is parked outside.
Modern motorcycle chains often come with a number of extra security measures to allow them to resist even the most determined of thieves. These help stop motorcycle theft by devices such as anti-pick padlocks with double locking measures to ensure the safety of your motorbike. Another feature of modern day locks is reflective sleeves around the chain itself. This reflective material helps make the chain stand out acting as a further deterrent for a potential thief. Most chain manufactures will give their chains ratings showing if they are resistant to sawing, drilling, being attacked with bolt cutters and many other means of sabotage.
A more tech savvy method of reducing the risk of motorbike theft is getting an aftermarket immobiliser fitted to your motorbike. What immobilisers do is disable the engine of the motorbike if it is started without first disengaging the immobiliser. This means that a thief would not be able to ride the bike away if this was their initial plans leaving them somewhat stumped and in a tricky situation. Along with immobilisers, aftermarket alarm systems can be purchased for bikes which were not initially fitted with security measures. These emit loud noises and cause the lights to flash on and off. This can act as a deterrent due to the initial shock of the loud noises along with the fact they will alert people in the near vicinity what is going on. Both of these electronic measures could be a good option to fit to your motorcycle to help deter motorbike theft.
Sometimes, it can be a problem finding somewhere to secure your bike too if parking it overnight in your garden or driveway but there are devices which can be used to provide a secure point to chain a motorcycle to. Ground anchors are used to create a secure point to lock your motorbike to. They often require some work to install but they could be the extra security you need to keep your bike safe. Another popular solution to stop motorbike theft when away from the home is a disk lock. This locks down onto the front disk rotor of the motorcycle which does not allow the front wheel to spin making it harder to ride off.
With motorbike theft becoming more common, one of the best things you can do is take out an insurance policy at a 3rd party fire and theft or fully comprehensive level rather than just 3rd part insurance. This will act as a safety net in case any of the anti-theft devices you have chosen don’t withstand the challenge of resisting a hardened criminal. Even though 3rd party insurance plans are generally cheaper but if your motorbike is stolen it will not be replaced and you will have to pay for a new ride out of your own pocket. A good insurance policy can be seen as the final measure of protection, giving you better piece of mind at night.