‘Half of all motorcycle theft is in London’
DR KEN GERMAN
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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Scooters are stolen as getway vehicles and to push nicked sportsbikes 16.9 million
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