Motorcycle Theft Set to Rise in Summer
As motorcyclists take to the roads in the warmer weather, experts are warning about a 20% rise in motorcycle theft this summer. Sales of new motorcycles increased by 11.5% in 2014, meaning there will be more motorcycles on the road in 2015 and thieves see them as an easy target.
Robin Broughton, of insurance underwriter Ageas, said: “The Spring and Summer months see more motorcycles on the road, providing more opportunities for organised and opportunistic motorcycle thieves as owners roll-out their pride and joy after the winter hibernation or invest in a new machine. The speed with which a motorcycle can be stolen and the brazenness of some thefts, with vehicles often being stolen in broad daylight, makes it dangerous to assume that these crimes are conducted under the cover of darkness. Far from it, more visibility gives rise to more thefts and it’s vital the motorcycling community are aware of the steps they can take to both reduce the risk of theft and increase the likelihood of the bike being recovered intact if it is stolen.”
He continued, “Sadly, motorcycles are four times more likely to be stolen than cars, with 26,000 taken a year and we know that 40% of victims of motorcycle theft decide to leave the motorcycling community as a consequence of the crime.”