Motorcycle theft has increased in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Police has seen a slight increase in the theft of motorcycles in the last 3 months. However, thefts of motorised scooters and mopeds remain at very low levels.

By taking simple security measures, owners can reduce their risk of becoming a victim.

Using a chain lock on your back wheel and through your bike frame, plus one other security measure, is the minimum option.

These cannot guarantee that a bike will not be stolen, extra security can make the bike less attractive to thieves.

Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security

Remove the keys

  • Thieves are often opportunists and so they will look for bikes that are quick and easy to steal first.
  • Always use the steering lock and remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief so don’t make it easy for them.

Lock your bike

  • Never rely on using your steering lock to secure your bike. A common method used by thieves to steal a bike is to break the steering lock and wheel the bike away.
  • Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed so won’t help). Where possible, secure your bike, with the lock off the ground, to an immovable object. Such as a ground anchor, railings or lamp post, which will also stop thieves from just picking the whole bike up.
  • If these options aren’t available, try to thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel. This stops thieves from using a hammer or angle grinder to break the lock if it’s left trailing on the ground.
  • Using a disc lock helps to secure the front brake disc to stop it from being wheeled away
  • Use a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls.

Use a cover- just doing this can mean thieves don’t ‘see’ it

  • Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models. Using a bike cover makes it less attractive to them, as they can’t see if it’s the model they are interested in. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief

Fitting an alarm can be a deterrent to thieves

  • Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system. Tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle
  • A professionally fitted quality Thatcham alarm system could reduce your insurance premiums

Property mark the parts

  • Marking as much of your bike as possible will make it more difficult for criminals to sell parts on. Thus less attractive to steal. It will also help police identify parts and return recovered stolen bikes
  • There are a range of bike marking providers that you can use


When at home the best place to keep your motorcycle, moped or scooter is in your garage or shed

  • Fit a garage door defender or upgrade garage door locks
  • Garage and shed alarms as well as low level dusk to dawn lighting will also enhance security. Fitting a ground anchor also provides extra security
  • Motorcycle lockers are also available to store your bike at home.

No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can

  • Park it in an area near to your home where it’s well overlooked with good lighting
  • A Park Mark approved car park has a higher level of security than other car parks

Help Bedfordshire Police to reduce further crime

  • Stolen scooters are being used to commit further crimes, such as phone snatches. By protecting your scooter you could help to reduce these other crimes
  • If your bike is stolen, never put yourself at risk. Call police immediately on 999 if you see it being stolen or 101 if you discover it has gone


If you have any information or have seen suspicious activity relating to motorcycle theft, please report it to the police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.