In 2003 the Home Office reported that 50,591 motorcycles were stolen across England, Wales and Scotland.
(PRWEB UK) 1 March 2012
The new data released by the Home Office combined with other sources has revealed some shocking statistics regarding motorbike theft.
Police National Computer (PNC) archives, Home Office documents, rider group statistics and information from motorbike insurance companies show that in the decade 1971-81 nearly 45,000 motorcycles were reported to the police as being stolen each year. In 2003 the Home Office reported that 50,591 motorcycles were stolen across England, Wales and Scotland. In 2009 a much reduced 26,000 motorbikes were reported as stolen. Encouraging perhaps that theft rates appear to be in decline but for those who have been left without their wheels it is disheartening news that there is a less than 50% chance of getting them back.
Shockingly, only 42% of the motorcycles stolen in 2009 have been recovered. Since 1971, 760,000 stolen motorbikes have never been found. To put this into perspective there are an estimated 1.4 million bikes on UK roads currently and, therefore, up to half of these, at least in theory, could be stolen.
According to government statistics, popular bikes made by the big manufacturers like Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki are being targeted by organised crime groups for resale on the black market. These criminals are so practiced that bikes are stolen and resold in a highly efficient manner resulting in very few being recovered.
The unfortunate fact is that motorcycle theft is relatively easy. According to statistics from many vehicle crime surveys, half of all riders do not regularly lock their bikes up and a professional thief can steal a bike in under a minute. The other worrying statistic is that a staggering 80% of motorcycles are stolen from owners’ homes.
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director for bike insurance comparison site Tiger.co.uk commented, “If motorbike owners can slow down thieves when they are trying to steal a bike then they have a better chance of deterring them. Locking your bike away safely in a garage if you have one makes it far more difficult for criminals to gain access to the vehicle. Storing the motorbike in a lock up or garage will also help you to secure cheaper bike insurance. If you don’t have access to a garage, make sure you park in a well lit area and anchor the vehicle to a permanent object with lockable chains. Make sure you fit an approved immobiliser and alarm to deter thieves. If they manage to get around the alarm an immobiliser will make it difficult to start. When shopping around for your motorbike insurance make sure you buy the correct level of cover to suit your needs. Each rider’s circumstances are different and given the risk of theft it is important to make sure you are covered should you become a victim of crime.”
Tiger.co.uk is a trading name of Call Connection Ltd. Tiger.co.uk is a UK based, independent motor insurance comparison site, offering insurance quotes from over 150 motor insurance brands. Call Connection Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA number 308374).