Brexit compounds threat of motorbike crime

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Published on 14 December 2018 by Charlie Bliss

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

A leading motorcycle crime expert has warned owners of powered two-wheelers to remain vigilant during the final months of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

Vehicle Crime Consultant and former head of the Metropolitan Police’s Stolen Vehicle Squad Dr Ken German has advised that motorcyclists be on “high alert” as Brexit could compromise national security while political distractions provide opportunities for criminal gangs to organise and capitalise.

“Motorcyclists should remain on high alert to prevent their machines being stolen by the gangs who are currently exploring the weaknesses in UK security on the run up to our departure from the EU,” he said.

Dr German notes that the Security Minister, Ben Wallace, has warned senior security officials and law enforcement that a no-deal Brexit could exacerbate safety problems. Weakened border and port controls will provide ample opportunity for organised gangs while customs officials are adapting to the new situation.

The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, a global organisation established to combat vehicle-related crime, is also allegedly seriously concerned that safety could be jeopardised due to the UK’s isolation from the continent.

Motorcyclists are advised to remain watchful against burglaries at home and in garages to minimise the possibility of falling victim to motorcycle crime.

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