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If you’re a keen rider whose motorcycle is your pride and joy then you’ll be pleased to know that since January 2013 there has been a huge reduction in the number of motorcycle robberies in the UK.
The first official anti-theft scheme in the UK has proven its worth, official figures show. The MASTER (Motorcycle and Scooter Tagged Equipment Register) Security Scheme, which was developed in 2012, was given backing by the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office.
Since the scheme was introduced, bike crime has fallen by nearly four times and only 403, more than 52,500 bikes that are registered in the UK, have been stolen. There are also 11 of the biggest motorcycle manufacturers that have signed up to the scheme, including: BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.
Steve Kenward, chief executive of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) – responsible for the development of the MASTER tags – said:
“It will take another two years to see the full effects [of the Master Security Scheme] as motorcycle theft is currently mostly centred on bikes of three years or less, but we are highly encouraged by the results we have seen so far.”
It’s pretty easy for thieves to spot a bike that’s been tagged if they know anything about motorcycles. Tags are displayed in a prominent position on bikes so that thieves are alerted to the fact that the bike has been registered.
If anyone tampers with the tag or tries to remove it, it will disintegrate, so you’ll be aware that your bike’s been tampered with.
If your bike is stolen it will be immediately reported. Datatag are the company that deal with the technology and database behind the MASTER Security Scheme and the police have access to the database too.
If your bike is stolen you should call the police non-emergency number and provide them with the registration number, make, model and colour of your bike. You will be given a crime reference number; you will need this if you need to make a claim on your insurance or to claim back your paid road tax, if your bike has not been recovered within a week.