New anti-theft security rating programme announced
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has unveiled a ‘star rating’ programme to highlight which anti-theft devices are fitted or supplied as standard on new motorcycles and scooters.
Called ‘MCIA Secured’, the new rating scheme will see steering locks, immobilisers, alarms, trackers and MASTER Security Systems scored against a list of criteria and graded out of a possible five stars.
The programme was unveiled at the Home Office, and was developed after the recent high-profile rise in motorcycle and moped thefts in London and further afield. The use of stolen two-wheelers by criminals has also been a major problem and it is hoped that improving security will help reduce the number of stolen bikes available to criminals.
Commenting, the MCIA’s Tony Campbell said:“Especially in London, many riders have chosen to give up on using a motorcycle or scooter due to repeated theft. MCIA Secured will recognise the efforts manufacturers have made up until now, but also encourage the inclusion and further development of new technologies as they come available.”
“Even considering the increase in theft and crime, the number of people opting to use a motorcycle and scooter has been rising over the past 20 years. We believe introducing this new scheme highlighting which anti-theft devices are fitted as standard will help the customer make more informed choices and raise awareness of the importance of protecting their motorcycle or scooter from criminals”.
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