Keep Your Scooter Safe
The threat of your scooter being stolen is a very real possibility.
Over 20,000 scooters are stolen every year.
Only 14% of stolen machines are recovered.
A thief can steal your scooter in under 20 seconds.
80% of two wheel thefts are from the owners home.
Scooter theft is on the increase.
50% of owners do not lock their scooters.
You can drastically reduce the risk of theft by implementing the advice below:
- Buy an anti theft deterrent. Chains and padlocks, disk locks, U-locks and immobilisers are all good deterrents.
- A simple way to ensure your scooter is not stolen is to remove the spark plug or HT cap, it's quick, easy and doesn't cost you a penny.
- Lock your scooter to something immovable like railings, lamp posts or bike post. Keep chains as tight to the machine as possible and try to ensure they are off the ground.
- Park your scooter where it can be seen, not tucked away in the corner of a dark car park.
- Always lock your scooter at home. Use a cover over your scooter if it is outside. If you can keep your scooter in an alarmed secure garage.
- Use a proprietary part marking system like Datatag or Alpha Dot to deter professional thieves and help trace your scooter if it is stolen.
- The use of approved anti-theft devices such as Sold Secure or Thatcham may help reduce your insurance premium.
Proper clothing is essential to safe riding. Wearing the right clothing makes the ride safer and more comfortable.
Helmets come in all sizes, from childrens sizes to extra large, make sure the helmet you choose fits well and is comfortable, it will spend many hours on your head. Always make sure you fasten the strap.
Your eyes are precious, and it does not take much to injure one. A fly screen or faring on a scooter is not eye protection.
Proper eye protection means an approved visor on your helmet, a pair of goggles or shatterproof glasses.
Motorcycle clothing is made in many sturdy materials: denim, nylon in its various guises, corduroy, and leather. Leather offers you the most protection. You can buy leather jackets with body protection pads and back protectors.
Protective clothing should be worn even for the shortest journey.
Gloves should always be worn to protect against stone chips and hot scooter parts and to keep hands warm.
Specialist motorcycle boots give the best protection, trainers should be avoided.