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How to keep yourself safe from thieves riding bikes or mopeds, and how to secure your moped from being stolen.

Street crime using mopeds

Don't become a victim of thieves riding mopeds. Keep yourself safe by:

  • Always being aware of your surroundings
  • Going hands-free to make a call on your mobile phone
  • Being discreet when using your phone outdoors, or keep it out of sight
  • Trying not to text or use apps while walking along
  • Being extra vigilant at the curb side, bus stops or outside train stations – the edge of the road is the thieves’ favourite spot
  • Standing away from the roadside, close to a building or wall and hold your phone in the hand closest to the wall so it’s harder to grab

See the Metropolitan Police’s tips on how to protect yourself from street robbery.

Moped theft

Don't become a victim by having your moped stolen.


Choose designated parking with a stand and security loop, or if not available, park in areas with lots of people, good lighting and CCTV.


Use more than one lock, focusing on disc locks and chain locks, fitted tight and through difficult-to-remove parts.


When leaving your bike or scooter for long period or overnight, lock it to something secure and use a motorbike cover. At home, consider using fitted anchors to secure it.


Use audible alarms where possible to draw unwanted attention to the thieves.


Mark bike or parts with the vehicle identification number (VIN) number, your postcode or registration number using an ultraviolet marker pen or property marking kit.


Some companies will offer discounts on your insurance if you invest in certain security measures, so ask before you buy motorbike or scooter insurance.

Further information

Updated: 29 October 2020

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