Motorcycles and scooters are stolen in the UK on a daily basis, and although there’s no sure fire way to stop scoundrels nicking your pride and joy – there are plenty of ways to put them off. This month we breakdown all of the key kit that you could make use of to keep your pride and joy safe and secure – and show you exactly what you’re able to get for your hard earned cash, with a look at the range of security stuff from our pals at Milenco. Over the next few days, we’ll feature some favourites of ours from their range.
LOCKS, CHAINS, GROUND ANCHORS
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A heavy-duty chain or lock on your bike will serve as a visual deterrent against opportunistic thieves if your bike is outside. But even if you keep it in the garage, it’s worth locking it up properly. There are plenty of options to choose from, including chains and U-bend locks. A lock and chain are great, but unless they are attached to something solid the bike is still in danger of being dragged away. Whether it’s a ground anchor or a workshop bench in your garage, make sure your bike is attached to something which can’t be moved. If you can, try to keep your chain and lock off the floor, as this makes it harder for thieves to attack it.
There are plenty of disk locks on the market to choose from and many of them are small enough to slip in your pocket while you’re on the bike. They don’t offer the same level of protection as heavier equipment, but they’re easy to carry around and might just be enough off to put an opportunistic thief. Some disc locks also incorporate alarms, which can be an added deterrent against bike thieves.
STORAGE SHELTERS/ BIKE SHEDS
If you don’t have a garage, check out the bike sheds and storage shelters that are available. The sheds are usually made out of metal and are just big enough to house a motorcycle. The storage shelters tend to be made from thick polyester, and they can sometimes be folded down to save on space when not in use.
Some new machines are marked straight from the factory – if yours isn’t then there are a number of ways you can mark it. The marking is essentially an electronic fingerprint on your bike which tells everyone – including the authorities – that it’s yours. If thieves see something like a Datatag sticker on a bike it’s likely to make your property much less appealing to them.
Most bikes have them so it won’t cost you a penny, and it’s a simple but effective way to make life more difficult for thieves. It only takes a second to activate, and could make the difference between your bike being where you left it or not.
Security cameras can be a great way to keep an eye on your bike, even if the machine is locked up in your garage. A camera won’t stop your bike getting stolen, but it is a visible deterrent, and gives you evidence of what has happened, which might make it easier to get the bike back.
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