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MASTER tagged bikes four times less likely to be stolen

The UK’s first national and official anti-theft scheme has resulted in a marked reduction in the number of motorcycles being stolen.

Since January 2013, 52,687 new motorcycles and scooters have been tagged and registered with the MASTER Security Scheme and since then only 403 protected bikes have been stolen.

This represents a theft rate of 0.76%, compared with an historic (pre-MASTER scheme) rate of 2.6% and means MASTER scheme tagged motorcycles are nearly four times less likely to be stolen.

Typically around 26,000 motorcycles or scooters were stolen every year, half within Greater London. Using the current rates of theft, if all bikes were MASTER tagged this would mean about 18,000 fewer motorcycles would be stolen each year.

Of the 403 bikes which have been stolen, the current recovery rate (at the time of this week’s meeting) stands at 37%.  In addition, the police are aware of the locations of a number of the remainder of the unrecovered bikes, which will be the subject of police action in the coming weeks.

The impact of the MASTER scheme was revealed this week at a meeting of the Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group, which is a partnership made up of representatives from rider interest groups, the insurance and security industries, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) and retailers, the police and, through links, the Home Office.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCI said: “Eleven major manufacturers have been marking their bikes for over 12 months now, so we are in a position to begin evaluating the effectiveness of the MASTER Security Scheme.  It will take another two years to see the full effects, 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.”



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