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24/01/2013

Kawasaki has announced that from December 2012 its range of road machinery has been fitted with the MASTER Security Scheme.  The scheme uses marking technology to stop the trend of breaking bikes down into parts to rebuild and sell on.  Research has shown that marking component parts in this way more than halves the risk of theft. D.C. Ian Elliot of the Metropolitan Police Stolen Vehicle Squad has been instrumental in pushing this initiative forward said, "With the launch of the MASTER scheme new bikes are protected before leaving dealer showrooms – this is a huge step towards defeating the criminal gangs."
 
The theft of around 26,000 motorcycles  in the UK each year prompted the MCIA to launch the first ever official industry wide security marking scheme, MASTER.  The scheme uses technology from security marking company Datatag, and has the full backing of the Police, ACPO and the Home Office. MASTER uses UV etching technology for permanent marking, forensic DNA marking, a unique electronic transponder combination and is Thatcham TQA approved.