Ever won­dered where your bike ends up?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

The ma­jor­ity of stolen bikes are sent abroad via ship­ping con­tain­ers. There are 41 ports in the UK han­dling 9000 con­tainer move­ments ev­ery 24 hours. At least 12 stolen cars and bikes are taken through each day – bound for Africa, In­dia, South Amer­ica, Asia and Europe. Our four main exit ports; Felixs­towe, Dover, Southamp­ton and Portsmouth, along with thou­sands of other ports around the world are all un­wit­ting par­tic­i­pants in the 24-hour crim­i­nal in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal pipe­line.


It’s easy to say ‘search all the con­tain­ers and vans leav­ing the coun­try’, but it’s just not prac­ti­cal. Only one in 200 con­tain­ers are searched and even then, the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the contents are a prob­lem for au­thor­i­ties. One visit in one day from a com­bined task force found 18 stolen ve­hi­cles at one port. The po­lice and cus­toms need in­for­ma­tion on sus­pi­cious con­tain­ers and that is likely to come from peo­ple work­ing around the bike in­dus­try. We could all play our part in re­duc­ing bike crime.

‘Ports around the world are un­wit­ting par­tic­i­pants in the crim­i­nal pipe­line’

Once your bike van­ishes into a con­tainer you’ll never see it again

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