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Follow our tips for a number of ways to keep your motorbike safe.

Motorbike security

Useful tips to help keep your motorbike or moped safe from thieves

  • Think about where you park - try to park where there are lots of people passing, good lighting and CCTV.
  • Try to use a designated motorcycle-parking place with a stand and security loop, as bikes are often ‘lifted’ onto another vehicle and stolen.
  • Use a number of locks on your motorbike focusing on disc locks and chain locks. The longer it takes a thief to break a lock, the more of a deterrent it forms. Locks should be fitted tight to the bike and through difficult to remove parts.
  • Use tamper proof screws to secure your motorcycle number plate. They can be purchased on the internet or from local dealers. These screws will prevent number plates from being stolen which are used on stolen vehicles to commit crime.
  • When leaving your bike for some time, try to lock it to something secure. At home, you can fit anchors to lock your bike to.
  • Audible alarms should be used where possible as this will generate more attention than the thief wants 
  • Use a motorbike cover
  • Have the motorbike marked with its vehicle identification number (VIN), for instance etch glass surfaces such as lights. 
  • Property mark bike parts with your postcode or registration number, using an ultra violet marker pen or property marking kit. Keep a record of the parts you’ve marked.
  • Some insurance companies will offer discounts from premiums if you invest in certain security measures, so ask before you purchase.
  • When purchasing security devices, make sure that all devices are either Thatcham or Sold Secure approved, as these meet the highest standards. 
  • Don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike.
  • If you're buying a second hand bike or parts, be wary of 'bargains'. Have a good look at the registration documents and check the bike's history with HPI Group Ltd, Carwatch UK Ltd., the AA or the RAC.
  • If you ride an off-road bike, ask the DVLA to register its details (frame and engine numbers) on their own and police computers - it's free.

If your motorbike has been stolen or you see anything suspicious, please call the City of London Police on 101 or if deemed urgent 999

You can also report the theft online​​​ (non-emergency only)​