Lock it, Secure it, Track it - campaign to clamp down on motorbike crime

Release Date: 26 April 2017

Riders in Richmond upon Thames are being asked to increase their bike security to prevent their motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from being stolen.

Richmond Council has teamed up with the local Richmond Police to offer advice to owners of motorised two wheeled bikes, particularly in crime hotspots around the borough.

 

Since August 2016 there has been around 30 crimes reported a month involving the damage or theft of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds. Whilst these figures are falling, it is still a priority for both organisations – particularly as in a growing number of cases; the stolen bikes are then used to commit further crimes.

 

Over the next few weeks, local Safer Neighbourhood Teams in crime ‘hotspots’ will be placing crime prevention advice tags on bikes in the area. In addition, the Police will be organising street stalls – near to areas where bike owners park.

 

Robyn Thomas, Head of Community Safety for Richmond Council, said:

 

“Through the Community Safety Partnership, we are committed to reducing the theft of motorcycles, mopeds and related criminality in Richmond upon Thames.

 

"It is really important that all riders consider how they can improve the security of their vehicles by using strong locking systems and securing them to roadside furniture or anchor points. By everyone playing their part, we can thwart thieves who steal these vehicles to perpetrate further crimes.”

 

Insp John Evans from Richmond Police, added:

 

"This joined-up approach to tackling moped, scooter and motorcycle-related crime across the borough is the most effective way for police, local authorities and other partners to make the capital a safer place to live and visit.

 

"There are a number of things people can do to lessen the chances of being a victim of bike crime, including using more than one lock when parked, locking it to something secure or in a public place with good CCTV if possible."

 

The advice on the tags include:

  • Always use a good quality chain and lock (Minimum of 16mm) or disc lock (D-lock) and consider using two locals. Lock your bike even when it’s parked at home or is in a shed or garage.
  • Try to vary where you park your bike and where possible park it in a secure location. Alternatively, cover your bike with a suitable secured cover.
  • Consider installing a ground anchor of secure your bike to a solid object
  • If you have a standard immobiliser on your bike, see if you can have the lock installed in another position.
  • Fit a tracker than can be monitored with a smart phone.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P189/17

Updated: 28 April 2017