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Tuesday, 22, Nov 2016 04:35

by Ed Davies

Motorbike insurance data from Carole Nash has found that bike thefts in the UK cost the industry £105 million per year, with Greater London, Brighton and Southampton coming out as the UK hot spots for motorcycle theft

Home Office data found a 44% increase in theft in the last two years in Greater London alone, with higher incidents occurring in October.

Honda, Yamaha and Vespa-Piaggio top the list of most commonly stole bikes.

Across the UK, the report also revealed a 3% increase in police-recorded thefts of vehicles in England and Wales, the first rise in two decades.

On average there are 26,000 motorcycles stolen every year costing owners, the industry and insurers an estimated £105million.

Detective superintendent Raffaele D'Orsi, said: "The police and the motorcycle industry are seeking to educate owners to do everything possible to prevent the theft by better protecting their vehicles, whilst we focus on targeting those stealing and using stolen powered two wheelers.

"We are already working with industry to make these vehicles harder to steal, but I urge all riders to consider improving the security of their vehicles by using a forensic coding system.

"By everyone playing their part, we can thwart the thieves who steal these vehicles and perpetrate further crimes."

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