‘Half of all mo­tor­cy­cle theft is in Lon­don’

DR KEN GER­MAN

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

Lon­don has been the UKÕS ve­hi­cle crime hotspot for the last 50 years. Back in 1991 it was re­spon­si­ble for 40% of the coun­tryõs 120,000 mo­tor­cy­cle thefts. It was so bad it pushed in­sur­ance com­pa­nies to the brink, de­cid­ing they had had enough, theyõre a busi­ness which was­nõt mak­ing any money and wanted out of mo­tor­cy­cle in­sur­ance al­to­gether. The govern­ment had to step in and over the next 24 years the num­bers dropped to 20,000 a year Ð un­til now.

Two-wheeler thefts jumped up by 16% last year with 27,000 bikes re­ported stolen and thatõs not even in­clud­ing bikes stolen by way of bur­glary, as ma­chines taken by break­ing into a house and tak­ing the keys arenõt recorded as Ôs­tolenõ for sta­tis­ti­cal pur­poses. Nei­ther are bikes taken by fraud, which costs us £16.9m a year.

That means 10,000 rid­ers a year now give up on mo­tor­cy­cling af­ter a theft be­cause of the ex­pe­ri­ence or in­creased in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums. Es­pe­cially in Lon­don as many own­ers canõt get in­sur­ance on a bike at all.

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620% Lon­don recorded a 620% in­crease in scooter theft last year 1/2 Half of all pow­ertwo-wheeler theft is com­mit­ted in Lon­don Bik­ing needs more peo­ple like Dr Ken Ger­man 16% Two-wheel theft in­creased last year £££ 40% 27,000 10k Back in 1991 Lon­don ac­counted for 40% of 120,000 thefts The num­ber of rid­ers who give up on bik­ing af­ter a theft Bikes re­ported stolen in the last year

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