London Sees A 44% Increase In Motorcycle Theft

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) today posted an interesting statistic: From 2012 to 2014, motorcycle theft had increased throughout the United Kingdom, with London seeing the biggest hit at 44%.

According to the BMF, the reason for the spike in motorcycle thefts is due to the advanced theft deterrent systems in cars. Gone are the days when one could simply unlock a car door with a ruler and hot wire it to start. Generally speaking, motorcycle theft deterrent systems are far less complex, and a motorcycle’s much smaller size obviously makes them much easier to steal (as you can see in the lead photo).

After looking over its data, London police are also suggesting that more motorcycles are also being stolen in order to commit other crimes. In the year spanning February 2014 to February 2015, 1,240 PTWs (Powered Two Wheelers) were involved in a crime.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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