Safe and sound: tips for keeping your motorbike secure

Taking care of your motorcycle should be a high priority – and that includes more than just regular maintenance. Around 35,000 bikes are stolen in the UK alone every year so it’s in your own interest to make sure that your pride and joy is as secure as possible when you’re away from it.

Unsecured bikes will always be a more attractive prospect to thieves as they allow for a quicker getaway, so why risk it? There are a number of steps you can take to deter potential thieves, with a range of costs to suit every budget.

Many new bikes come fitted with an alarm and immobiliser, but if yours doesn’t have them then it’s well worth looking into the cost of having them fitted. Don’t be tempted to go down the cheaper route and fit them yourself unless you really know what you’re doing; have them fitted by a professional is the way to go for true peace of mind. A professionally fitted, alarm system can help reduce motorbike insurance costs and renewals.

Another great option is the use of a chain or cable lock to secure your bike to an immovable object such as a lamppost or a parking anchor. As well as keeping the vehicle securely in place, these locks also act as an obvious visual deterrent – if there are two motorbikes side by side, one secured with a bike lock and one without, then it’s clear which one is the more attractive option to would-be thieves.

It’s also an idea to mark your motorbike with a UV pen with your vehicle identification number, postcode and vehicle registration. Place the information in several different areas of the bike as some thieves are interested in individual parts of the bike rather than the whole thing. There are more high-tech tracing options available if your budget can stretch that far, but the UV pen is a good low-cost option.

Always look to keep your bike in a secure garage if at all possible – keeping your bike out on display is a pointless risk if you’re able to keep it locked away from prying eyes. All of these options in isolation will improve the security of your bike but your best bet is to combine as many of them as possible in order to give yourself the best chance of keeping hold of your prized motorbike.

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