London bikers most at risk from motorcycle theft


Bikers living in London are most at risk from having their motorcycles stolen, according to the latest police statistics.

Nine of the top 10 hotspots for bike theft are in the capital, while Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, ranking eighth worst, is the only place outside the capital in the bottom placings.

South-west London ranks the worst – and bikers are almost five times more likely to have their motorcycles or scooters stolen than riders outside the city.

In one case, determined thieves are said to have dismantled a garage brick-by-brick to steal an especially valuable bike.

Figures show around 30,000 motorcycles and scooters are stolen every year – about 80 a day across the UK.

Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group (MCRG) chairman, Kevin Howells said: “This creates a massive financial bill for riders, manufacturers, dealers, finance companies and insurers and can deter people from continuing to ride or even taking up two wheels, precisely at a time when the industry is working so hard to raise awareness and highlight the benefits including lower costs and convenience that biking offers over other forms of transport.”

Bikers in Edinburgh, Halifax, Dundee and Manchester also face high motorcycle crime rates. The highest climber out of 116 postcode areas was Walsall, West Midlands, that jumped 71 places from 90th last year to 19th this year.

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To help cut the cost of motorcycle and scooter insurance, the MCRG suggests bikers take care over where they park and garage their bikes if possible.

They also urge riders to secure and datatag their bikes.

The recovery rate for stolen bikes is around 40% – so six out of 10 stolen bikes are never returned to their owners. The MCRG takes an average motorcycle value of £4,500 and calculates the cost of non-recovered machines adds up to around £80 million a year. 

To help cut the cost of motorcycle and scooter insurance, the MCRG suggests bikers take care over where they park and garage their bikes if possible.

 

They also urge riders to secure and datatag their bikes.

 

The recovery rate for stolen bikes is around 40% – so six out of 10 stolen bikes are never returned to their owners. The MCRG takes an average motorcycle value of £4,500 and calculates the cost of non-recovered machines adds up to around £80 million a year.

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