The Metropolitan Police launches the Be Safe campaign to encourage riders of scooters, motorcycles and mopeds to use extra security on their vehicles to make it harder for thieves to steal them.
Through the Be Safe campaign, the Metropolitan Police is encouraging the public to play their part in the fight against crimes committed on scooters, motorcycles and mopeds. Often, criminals steal these vehicles to commit further offences. By preventing these vehicles from being stolen in the first place, it is hoped that this, along with policing activity, will reduce further crimes being committed.
To highlight the risk of this type of theft, the Metropolitan police has produced this video:
Be Safe - Lock, Chain and Cover
The campaign advises owners of scooters, motorcycles and mopeds to:
Lock: use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls.
Chain: use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture.
Cover the bike as it makes it less attractive and harder for thieves to steal.
Stemming the rise in moped, scooter and bike-enabled crime
Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Territorial Policing, said: "The Metropolitan Police has put a huge amount of effort into stemming the rise in moped-enabled crime, and are now seeing reductions, which is great. However, we are not complacent. All the new tactics and technology we have introduced will be backed up by really proactive policing.
"Today, I'd like to ask all scooter or moped users to become a part of our effort to make life harder for these criminals. Lock, chain, and cover your bike when you leave it. It is simple, yet effective, and if it makes a thief think twice before stealing your bike, then it's worth it."
Tony Campbell, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: "The motorcycle industry is working closely with the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office to help tackle scooter theft and associated crimes, and spread the message that locking and covering a motorcycle or scooter will make it a less desirable target to opportunistic thieves. We are therefore calling on all owners of powered two wheelers and everyone working in the industry to get behind a culture of always using physical security."