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Motor vehicle crime in Britain has shown no signs of slowing – even when the country was in lockdown – highlighting the need for car and motorcycle owners to keep their vehicles secure.
Despite the nation’s roads being up to 70% quieter than usual, police crime data reveals that the number of reported crimes in March was only 10% below the figure recorded for February.
Even when assessing the year-on-year data, only a 14% drop in vehicle theft and similar crimes was noted in March when compared to the same month in 2019.
Given that most vehicles remained in garages or on driveways during the period of lockdown, opportunistic thieves were still roaming the streets.
Several police forces saw jumps in vehicle crime between February and March this year, including in Lincolnshire (up 35%), Dyfed-Powys (up 21%), Lancashire (up 18%) and Cleveland (up 16%).
London’s Metropolitan Police saw more than 9,600 vehicle crimes recorded in March, nearly four times the number of the next force, that of West Midlands Police.
With vehicle crime remaining prevalent, motorcycle owners need to give more thought than ever to how they keep their pride-and-joy secured.
Bikes are a prominent target, with a study by the British Motorcycle Federation in 2018 suggesting that one in every 46 registered bikes in the UK was stolen that year.
While it’s very difficult to prevent theft entirely, motorcycle owners can take actions to deter potential thieves as much as possible. Here are some of the things you should consider:
Give plenty of thought to your insurance cover too, as you’ll want to ensure you’re protected should the worst happen.
Motorcycle excess insurance could help you to enhance the cover you have, as it protects the excess that you would need to pay on your main motorcycle insurance policy.
However, you should also ensure that the excess figure for your policy remains affordable, as in the event of a claim, you would need to pay the excess first before then claiming it back via the policy.
Date Created: 16/07/2020