Bike crime cop

Dr Ken Ger­man has ded­i­cated most of his life to tack­ling mo­tor­cy­cle crime

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“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

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