As scooter theft and “moped-enabled crime” hit the headlines again – most notably the robbing at knife point of comedian Michael McIntyre by two knife-wielding thugs (presumably astride a stolen scooter) – the Motorcycle Industry Association has announced a star-rated security programme.
The programme is designed to raise awareness among PTW buyers and highlight which anti-theft devices are fitted or supplied as standard on new motorcycles and scooters.
Details of the scheme, which has the support of the major motorcycle manufacturers, were presented at the Home Office on 6 June.
The new rating scheme will be known as “MCIA Secured”. For all participating manufacturers, each model within its range will be scored against the programme criteria and awarded a star for each layer of security fitted as standard, to a maximum of five stars. The five devices are: steering lock, immobiliser, alarm, tracker, and tagging under the MCIA’s Master Security Scheme
The latter was launched in 2013, and since then statistics provided by the MCIA show that large-capacity machines fitted with its forensic technology are now six times less likely to be stolen compared with machines that are not included on the Master programme.
Locks, chains, covers and other types of physical security will not be included within the programme although participating manufacturers will be required to ensure their franchised retailers offer locks and other types of security devices at the point of sale as an inclusive part of this initiative.
The MCIA says it anticipates that all major manufacturers will join the scheme. The MCIA represents those companies that account for over 94% of the new motorcycle and scooter market in the UK.
MCIA CEO Tony Campbell said: “The market has suffered damage, especially in London. Many riders have chosen to give up on using a motorcycle or scooter due to repeated theft. MCIA Secured will recognise the efforts manufacturers have made up until now but also encourage the inclusion and further development of new technologies as they come available.
“As an industry, we have been working closely with the Home Office and all other stakeholders to reduce crime involving motorcycles and scooters, adding additional security in layers and raising awareness to the riders will help but, we are calling for local government to improve secure parking and more recognition for the users of powered two-wheelers within planning and transport policy.
“Even considering the increase in theft and crime, the number of people opting to use a motorcycle and scooter has been rising over the past 20 years. We believe by introducing this new scheme highlighting which anti-theft devices are fitted as standard will help the customer make more informed choices and raise awareness of the importance of protecting their motorcycle or scooter from criminals.”
The scheme was welcomed by Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. “This demonstrates that our industry partners are playing their part in tackling crimes involving motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.
“The Home Office recognises that this is a complex issue with no one quick fix, which is why last September we brought together government departments, the police, industry and civil partners to work together to develop a plan to prevent these crimes and keep the public safe.
“I would urge everyone buying a motorcycle, moped or scooter to consult MCIA Secured programme when purchasing their vehicles.”