Anti-motorbike-theft trial successful
A motorbike theft hotspot is now ‘theftless’ after an initiative organised by Westminster City Council.
Since September, a number of different anti-theft measures have been put into place in the borough, focusing on St James’ Square, an area with high levels of motorcycle theft.
Working in combination with the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), Datatag (a security marking spcialist) and the Metropolitan Police, Westminster City Council launched the MASTER Security Scheme.
The scheme’s measures included a discounted £50 tagging service from Datatag, which includes visible and hidden security markers on motorbikes, scooters or mopeds, and visible warning signs from the police around the area.
Since the anti-theft initiative’s launch, no motorbikes have been stolen from the area and the scheme could be rolled out into other theft hotspots.
That’s quite a turn around in the affluent area, where 52 motorbikes, scooters and mopeds are stolen annually.
In the City of Westminster as a whole, £1m worth of motorbikes, scooters and mopeds were stolen between April and September 2014, a total of 191 thefts.
Rolling out the scheme
Steve Kenward, MCIA CEO, said: “We are delighted to hear the part security marking is playing in eliminating theft in St James’s Square and applaud Westminster City Council’s systematic approach in dealing with it and would like to see other London councils making such an effort.
“The underlying message gained from this exercise is that thieves like easy pickings. Make it as hard as possible for them to steal in the first place and if they do, make sure your bike is marked. This makes it easy for the police to secure a prosecution when they find a stolen motorcycle or scooter and helps them return it to its rightful owner.”
The good work hasn’t stopped there either and Westminster City Council has also added 78 ground anchors to parking bays in the area.
The scheme forms part of the Government-backed MASTER scheme, which has seen a number of major manufacturers sign up.
The scheme means that most new bikes are automatically tagged, with more than 70,000 tagged since January 2013.
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