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piaggio announces range of layered security products

Piaggio has announced a range of branded security products, against the backdrop of rising scooter theft.

The Italian company, which owns the Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi brands, has been criticised for being one of only two major manufacturers – the other being KTM – not to have joined the Motor Cycle Industry Association’s Master Security vehicle tagging scheme.

In a press release, Piaggio said: “With scooter theft on the rise and in the headlines, both the Metropolitan Police and Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) are advising riders to layer security, using more than one device to maximise protection.

“Scooter theft isn’t restricted to London – West Midlands police surveyed parking bays in Birmingham’s Cathedral Quarter [as reported by BDN] and discovered that only 40% of bikes and scooters were protected with a chain, disc lock or similar device,” adding that its range of security products was specifically designed for modern and retro scooters.
It includes alarms, handlebar locks, and chain and disc locks, “offering multiple ways to secure vehicles and give owners peace of mind that their machine will be safe and sound when they return to it”.

The range includes a disc lock top – a compact brake lock with a 5mm diameter locking pin and reversible key, with drill-proof and pick-proof casing (supplied in a carry bag with reminder cable) RRP £33; a multilink lock top – a cable lock, protected by steel tubes with pipe-ball joints, for increased flexibility, and extra drill protection on cylinder, RRP from £29; a chain lock with 10mm square steel links, secured with a 12 mm diameter shackle in a hardened steel lock body, with drill-proof and pick-proof keyway, RRP from £45; handlebar lock, which is permanently attached to the scooter for convenience and stowable between the seat and footrest, keeping underseat storage free (extension cables are available to enable owners to secure their scooter to an item of road furniture) RRP from £59.

Piaggio says it also produces a range of electronic alarm systems, including the E-Power. This plug and play is designed for scooters equipped with a pre-installation connection. It comes with an electronic key and two button remote control. RRP £146.

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