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Editor's comment: Simple tips to foil scooter thieves

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 May 2017

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The rise in popularity of motor scooters over the past few years has, almost inevitably, led to an increase in their thefts.

They are easy to ride, nip through traffic and convenient to park.

Generally called mopeds by the police, the first two considerations are probably why they have become a popular getaway machine for criminals.

Gangs steal the scooters and then use them to ride up to pedestrians and rob them of phones and jewellery – or sell them to other gangs who use them to rob people.

On our website this week we have shocking video taken on a motorcyclist’s helmet as he was confronted by seven youths on four scooters who attacked him with a fire extinguisher and tried to steal his motorbike.

And in this paper we report on a man whose scooter – containing a crash helmet given to him by his father just before he died – was stolen from outside his Barkingside home.

To anyone else, that helmet is just a helmet, but to him it has enormous sentimental value because it was his dad’s way of protecting him.

So if you have a scooter take steps to protect it from the thieves.

Fit an alarm with tracking, immobilisation and movement sensors.

Lock it to a ground anchor or immovable object when it is parked – even for a few moments.

Use a scooter cover when it is parked outside your home overnight – that makes it difficult for thieves who are targeting particular models.

And use data marking on the parts so if it is stripped down, they are easier to identify.

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