Nothing quite compares to the feeling of going outside to get on your bike, and it just not being there.
Our friends at TRACKER have shared some great information with We Buy Any Bike, unfortunately motorcycle theft is on the up. So what can you do to protect your pride and joy? Well, make your bike the hardest to steal and give it the best chance of being returned.
Once again we are sharing the findings recorded by our market-leading TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery devices, this time highlighting the UK’s most stolen and recovered motorcycles in 2016.
Thanks to our innovative VHF tracking technology, TRACKER recovered 705 stolen motorcycles worth over £255,200 in total between January and June 2016 alone, with models from Peugeot being the most targeted. London is the top spot for motorbike theft, with a huge 79% of recovered bikes originating from the capital.
Nationwide, motorcycle theft is up over 9% compared to 2015, meaning that a reliable vehicle tracking system is more of an essential for motorbike owners than ever before. With their independent power source, TRACKER’s battery-powered devices are perfect for motorcycles as they do not deplete the vehicle’s own battery.
Is your motorcycle in 2016’s top five stolen and recovered motorbikes? Even if not, with motorbike theft on the rise, now is the time to protect your bike and give it the best chance of finding its way back to you should the worst happen.
1. Peugeot Tweet
Value from £1,500 – £2,500
Average fuel consumption – 80 mpg
Tank range – 73 miles
2. Peugeot Ludix
Value from £1,500 – £2,000
Designed for commercial deliveries
3. Honda ANF
Fuel capacity – 3.7 litres
4. Honda SH125
Top speed – 43 mph
5. Piaggio Vespa GTS
Value £2,500 – £5,000
Average fuel consumption 61 mpg
Top speed – 65 mph
Our Top Five reveals that high-value motorcycles do not seem to be the most desirable to thieves; in fact, all five most stolen and recovered models are low-cost that can be easily sold on or broken down for parts. While fitting a TRACKER location device won’t stop your motorcycle being stolen, it means that there’s a high chance that your beloved bike will be recovered and returned to you.
What’s more, our high tech tracking technology works despite GPS/GSM signal jammers and the signal can be picked up throughout the UK and much of Europe, including France, Spain, Holland, Luxembourg, Poland and Italy.
Read the full TRACKER Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered motorcycle report and press release here.
TRACKER’s Stolen and Recovered Motorcycles 2016: What are they worth?
As the Top Five results show, thieves seem to prefer low and mid-range value models when targeting motorbikes. Of the 705 motorcycles stolen and recovered, 49% were worth £10,000 or less and 72% were worth £20,000 or less.
If you are a motorcycle owner, or you’re thinking of buying one, talk to us today. TRACKER offers peace of mind and the best protection against the permanent loss of your motorbike.
We Buy Any Bike have also written an article giving some Tips to stop your motorcycle being stolen, if you have anything to add or experiences to share, please do so in the comments!