There could be nothing more heartbreaking than to have your motorcycle stolen, but what can be done to reduce the alarming rate of theft?
In Australia, 23 motorcycles and scooters are stolen every day. But that’s nothing, really. France tops the list for stolen motorcycles with 151 a day, while London alone, has more than 41 stolen every day!
It also pointed out that 96% of motorcycles stolen did not even have a disc lock.
But are governments and riders the only ones to blame for motorcycle theft?
Sure riders need to play their part. (See a list of things you can do to secure your bike at the end of this article.)
But governments, police, insurance companies, motorcycle dealers and manufacturers can also play their part.
Motorcycle theft has hidden costs for all of these stakeholders. It costs governments in terms of policing, it costs insurance companies in payouts and it costs dealers and manufacturers when customers are turned off riding by theft.
How to reduce bike theft
So what can they do?
Governments could supply more secure parking at bus and train carers for commuters. That means lighting, security cameras and anchor points for motorcycles. They do it for bicycles, so why not for motorcycles?