Worst motorcycle theft hotspots found

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Published on 6 September 2019 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

A study by BikerRated.com and bikersunited.co.uk has found the worst places in the United Kingdom for motorcycle theft.

Using data from reports made on bikersunited.co.uk over the past year, the study found that England had the overwhelming majority of the UK’s thefts, 94.6%, despite having only 84.2% of the total population. By contrast, Northern Ireland saw just 0.3% of thefts while having 2.8% of the population.

Unsurprisingly, London accounted for 26.6% of all of England’s motorcycle thefts and just one borough, Greenwich, accounted for 3% of the entire country’s thefts. The capital, the South East (16.9%) and the North West (14.5%) accounted for more than half of all motorcycle thefts between them.

On a per capita basis, Bristol saw the highest number of thefts per resident. East Yorkshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire and East Sussex rounded out the top five.

As the BMF has previously reported, motorcycle thefts fell from a high of 34,000 in 2017 to 27,000 in 2018 but they remain a serious problem. Whether they are sold on, shipped abroad or broken down for untraceable spare parts, only a minority of stolen bikes are ever recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

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