Trackers tackle motorcycle theft
Tracker have stated that their technology has helped recover over £687,000 worth of stolen motorcycles in 2016 as a result of their technology – a figure that’s increased by nearly 10% over the previous year.
The stolen vehicle specialist uses patented VHF technology to track stolen vehicles and can be used to locate motorcycles or scooters, even if they have been hidden in containers, lock-ups or underground car parks – places that usually render GPS only tracking devices ineffective.
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The news comes as a small ray of light in a year that has seen motorcycle and scooter thefts on the rise throughout the UK, with scooters in particular then often being used in further crime. In London alone thefts have risen by a massive 44% in the last year.
“With longer daylight hours and warmer weather, we’re already seeing more motorcyclists on the road but when motorbikes aren’t in use, it’s all the more important for bikers to be vigilant in protecting their vehicles from theft,” said Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at Tracker. “It isn’t just high value bikes that are being stolen, scooters equated to three out of the five most commonly stolen and recovered bikes by Tracker in the last year. Commuter and delivery bikes are often easy targets for thieves who often use the bikes to commit more serious offences.”
Police: 'Don't leave it unlocked'
The Metropolitan Police have responded with a new ‘Be Safe’ campaign that is aimed at alerting motorcycle and scooter owners on the risks involved with not securing a vehicle properly. With an emphasis on the latter especially as scooter owners are generally less likely to lock their vehicles adequately.
“We would always advise bike and scooter owners to make it as difficult as possible for thieves by using a range of security options, including chains, immobilisers and markets” added Andy. “A tracking device won’t stop a bike being stolen, but it does increase the chances of a speedy recovery.”
A Tracker unit acts like a homing device – alerting owners and the police of the location of a motorcycle if it is stolen, they are indiscrete and can be hidden in numerous places on the motorcycle making them difficult to locate.
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