Met Police launch scooter anti-theft campaign
London is facing an epidemic of motorcycle and scooter thefts. Last year, more than 15,000 scooters, motorcycles and mopeds were stolen.
To help combat this problem, the Metropolitan Police has launched a campaign to help scooter riders reduce the chances of their ride being stolen.
Launched last week, ‘Be Safe’ will encourage riders to increase their vehicle’s security to make it less attractive to bike thieves.
Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said:
“It is the easy availability of scooters that is driving the rise in scooter enabled crime. So, I urge all riders: properly secure your scooter to reduce its risk of theft. If everyone plays their part, we can thwart these thieves.”
The Metropolitan Police has produced a short film (above) demonstrating just how easy it can be to steal a scooter. As part of the campaign they will also be running:
- Bus adverts at scooter theft hotspots in London
- Social media campaign
- Working with industry partners
Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), explained that “All riders must play their part in tackling motorcycle and scooter theft by taking sensible security measures when parking – using two or more high quality locks will help to deter opportunistic thieves. Our message is simple – protect your bike by layering your security!”
To help keep your bike safe, check out our 7 motorcycle security tips.