North Wales Police is urging motorcyclists to ensure their vehicles are safe and secure following a recent spate of thefts.
Sgt Dafydd Curry said, “We are advising everyone who owns a motorcycle to ensure their vehicles are secure and not easily accessible or visible, following the increase in thefts from the north Gwynedd area.”
The following security tips for owners of motorcycles or scooters has been issued:
- Always put a steering lock on
- If your motorcycle or scooter doesn’t already have one, have an approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted
- If you have a security device fitted, always use it. A wide variety of locks can be used, such as chains or padlocks, disc locks and D locks
- The most important thing to remember is to secure your motorcycle to a solid object that can’t be moved
- When not in use, put your motorcycle or scooter in a garage or a secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor to secure it to inside the building. If you can, fit a good lock and an alarm system to your garage or outbuilding
- Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered up, even when you are at home. Some motorcycles and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorcycle spotted by a thief today could be stolen tomorrow
Safer Parking Advice
- Avoid leaving your helmet or other accessories on your motorcycle or scooter or in a luggage space or panniers
- If possible, use a parking space built specifically for motorcycles or scooters, they will have a stands or security loop. Look for one that has achieved the police approved safer parking award, Park Mark.
Security Marking and Devices
- It is a good idea to security mark your vehicle and as many parts of it as possible.
- Use an engraving kit or a security marker pen to mark your motorbike or scooter with identifying details, such as the vehicle registration number or postcode.
- Visit the Secured by Design website for products approved by the police.
Engine Cut-Off Switch
- Fit this switch after you have bought your vehicle so a potential thief doesn’t know where it is located on your motorcycle or scooter
Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity relating to the theft of motorcycles or anyone who may have been offered a motorcycle for sale is asked to contact Bangor police station on 101 or use the live webchat.