Bike crime cop
Dr Ken German has dedicated most of his life to tackling motorcycle crime
“I used to race at the Isle of Man TT and quite a few other events. Of course, at that time – around about the early 60s – I had to get a job as well, so I joined the police.
“I volunteered for the frogmen team to allow me to keep racing and among the many dead bodies I recovered, I managed to salvage and identify hundreds of motorcycles. Because of this, I became part of the Flying Squad in their stolen car division, as the motorcycle expert.
“It was a time when bike theft was rife and so having an interest in it quickly got me involved. I stayed on the Stolen Vehicle Squad for 30 years and ran a crime prevention stand at the Motorcycle Show at the NEC annually for 13 years. During my time on the force I also studied and got myself a BA and PHD in International Vehicle Crime. “I was one of the first people to look at the idea of invisible marking and transponders on bikes too. I was the one that organised an interest in that, and it’s gone on to become Datatag, as well as other similar brands. I’ve had my fingers in everything! “I was made President of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and have held conferences in many countries since, to assist with their vehicle theft problems. “I recently lectured to Interpol and am currently working on how to tackle the current methods of European-organised bike crime.”
DR KEN GERMAN ‘Among the dead bodies were hoards of stolen motorcycles’
Just another typical nightshift German for bike theft expert Dr Ken