The UK has seen a fall in motorcycle crime over the last 12 months.
Motorcycle crime decreases as car crime are on the rise
Unfortunately for car owners, as motorcycle crime is falling, cars have become the new target. In the last 12 months, automotive crime has risen from 86,000 thefts to 112,000. This is nearly a 50% increase in crime.
In comparison to this, motorcycle crime has fallen from 34,000 to 27,000 over the last 12 months. Many outlets are accrediting the fall in bike-related crime to the police and their new tactics. Police forces across England have implemented a whole new range of anti-theft measures from tactical vehicle ramming to DNA spray. One thing is for sure, and it’s having some effect.
Motorcycle crime is due to fall even further
Bikers around the UK will be happy to hear that current trends predict that motorcycle thefts will continue to decline in 2019. However, unfortunately, the recovery rate for stolen machines remains low. Additionally, it shows no sign of improvement shortly.
Within the last five years, over 79,228 motorcycles were stolen. This amounted to an excess of £54.5 million pounds. The vast majority of bikes themselves were never recovered. Currently, 59% of bikes which are stolen are either sold on with cloned identities or shipped abroad.
In some cases, the machines are broken down into salvaged parts and make their way onto eBay or Facebook marketplace. As a result, they often their way onto legitimate motorcycles. The owners are often non-the-wiser.
Only 10,400 motorcycles are recovered a year. The vast majority of the bikes are found in a poor state, often set alight. As a result, they are frequently written off by their insurance company.
Police have changed their priorities
About ten years ago, vehicle crime was considered a relatively low priority issue. It was considered an insurance issue rather than a severe offence. However, with the rise of moped gangs and street violence, police forces across the country have been forced to take the issue more seriously. Gang crime has increased ten-fold in the UK. Muggings and robberies are being committed daily and in broad daylight.
As a result, the police have become tougher on bike crime. Without a doubt, motorcycle crime has fallen dramatically. The knock on effect of this is that the Government can no longer afford to see bike crime as an isolated issue.
Synetiq is one of the UK’s largest salvage auctioneers. Using its market power, the company has taken a revolutionary method of tackling bike theft across the UK. Starting from the 31st of March, customers will no longer be able to receive cash payments for written off vehicles.
Removing easy sales to help prevent bike theft
The move comes about after Synetiq has taken steps to consult with insurance companies and the West Midlands Police. Synetiq hopes that the new rigorous payment methods would deter and prevent motorcycle thefts by discouraging easy sales.
West Midlands Police launched a campaign last year calling for stricter standards for motorcycle resales. They had many concerns that thieves abilities to resell bikes easily were encouraging the recent rise in bike theft.
Criminal gangs are putting biker’s lives at risk
Police investigations have recently shown that criminal gangs are buying written-off motorcycles from auctions. From here, they go on to repair the bikes with other stolen parts. On occasions, gangs will often use complicated fraudulent methods to obtain insurance payouts. This involves buying several damaged motorcycles, selling them on and then reporting them as stolen. One thing is for sure; gangs are profiting at large from bike theft.
Synetiq are working hard with police to tackle the issue
Chris Todd, Chief Superintendent of WMP, has stated that Synetiq has set a great example to other vehicle auctions. They are actively taking steps to prevent criminals from reselling dangerous vehicles to innocent bikers. The new decision could potentially close many theft loopholes. As a result, it will help keep dangerous bikes off the road minimising risk and injury. In addition to this, the new decision will help address money-laundering loopholes by forcing buyers to reveal a banking footprint.
Previous schemes have helped prevent the sale of stolen parts
Previously in 2012, The Master Scheme have helped prevent theft. This is done by registering the vast majority of motorcycle parts with tags. They offer a free ‘confirm or deny’ check that can be carried out by anyone interested in buying second-hand parts
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