Who nicks your bike and how they do it

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

The for­eign gangs

Or­gan­ised crim­i­nals are in­volved in steal­ing our bikes. Sev­eral groups pos­ing as deal­ers and break­ers were ar­rested last year but half-a-dozen gangs are still ac­tive in the UK. More cells will con­tinue to visit from Europe to steal and col­lect stolen ma­chines and parts. Vans with plates from Es­to­nia down to the Baltic have been stopped trans­port­ing stolen bikes and parts. Th­ese new gangs are com­mon in most ci­ties of the world. Many of the con­ti­nen­tal groups use stolen scoot­ers and bikes as the new cur­rency for buy­ing and sell­ing drugs and the fear is that this may be the case in the UK. The scooter gangs which are caus­ing may­hem, tend to be­long to the or­gan­ised and of­ten vi­o­lent crim­i­nals re­spon­si­ble for the ma­jor­ity of rob­beries, bur­glar­ies and as­saults as well as bike theft in the UK.

Drug deals

Bikes and scoot­ers stolen across Europe are used as cur­rency for buy­ing and sell­ing drugs

UK gangs

Off-road bikes are of­ten tar­geted and many bikes end up be­ing bro­ken up for spares

The do­mes­tic gangs

The UK did well last year in deal­ing with sev­eral gangs ar­rested for theft, but the black market trade in spare parts via the web re­mains huge. Lo­cal thieves from the UK are ac­tive in the theft of off-road­ers – like trikes, quads and chil­drens’ ma­chines. Many bikes of this kind are not reg­is­tered for the road which makes reg­is­ter­ing frame and en­gine num­bers as stolen very dif­fi­cult.


The Govern­ment and po­lice are ad­dress­ing this new vi­o­lent gang cul­ture and its in­volve­ment in ac­quis­i­tive crimes as a pri­or­ity. Our mo­tor­cy­cle and in­sur­ance in­dus­tries are work­ing in tan­dem to as­sist po­lice by im­ple­ment­ing new tech­nol­ogy and train­ing via their own crime re­duc­tion group – the MCRG. The po­lice are cur­rently con­duct­ing Oper­a­tion Venice, a large ini­tia­tive set to rid the cap­i­tal of bike gangs and ed­u­cate bik­ers, par­tic­u­larly scooter rid­ers in the need to lock their bikes.

Our much-loved bikes end up be­ing bro­ken for spares

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