Monday 19th January 2015
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A notorious hotspot for motorcycle theft in London has seen a dramatic U-turn in crime since a new anti-theft initiative by Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police and a leading security tagging company.

More details of how this was achieved were reported in a news article on the British Motorcyclists Federation website:

“Westminster City Council and Datatag advertised a day in September to offer riders the chance to get their motorcycles security ‘tagged’ on site for just £50, including fitting. This resulted in a steady queue of riders taking advantage of this offer. Tagging involves applying a combination of highly visible and hidden security markers, which deter thieves, but also help the police recover vehicles if they are stolen. Fitting takes around 25 minutes to complete. After the tagging took place, warning signs were put up to let thieves know that users of the parking bay had security marked their bikes.

Community Protection Officer for Westminster City Council, Paul King, explained: “We are determined to reduce motorcycle theft in the City of Westminster and to give parking customers the best possible experience, which includes coming back to find your bike where you parked it. We aim to repeat the opportunity for riders to have their motorcycles and scooters marked in the New Year for riders who use Berkeley Square parking, as we feel this provided a turning point in St James’s Square, which we would like to repeat for other theft ‘hotspots’ in the City”.”

With around 24,000 motorcycles and scooters stolen in the UK every year, this success story shows it is worth getting your motorcycle tagged. Security devices could also reduce your insurance premiums.

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