Advice on moped crime

Advice on how to keep yourself safe from thieves riding bikes or mopeds, and how to secure your moped from being stolen.

Don’t become a victim of street crime

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Go hands-free to make a call on your mobile phone
  • Be discreet when using your phone outdoors, or keep it out of sight
  • Try not to text or use apps while walking along
  • Be extra vigilant at the curb side, bus stops or outside train stations – the edge of the road is the thieves’ favourite spot
  • Stand away from the roadside, close to a building or wall and hold your phone in the hand closest to the wall so it’s harder to grab
  • See the Metropolitan Police’s tips on how to protect yourself from street robbery

Don’t become a victim of your moped being stolen

  • Parking: Choose designated parking with a stand and security loop, or if not available, park in areas with lots of people, good lighting and CCTV.
  • Locks: Use more than one lock, focusing on disc locks and chain locks, fitted tight and through difficult-to-remove parts.
  • Time: When leaving your bike or scooter for long period or overnight, lock it to something secure and use a motorbike cover. At home, consider using fitted anchors to secure it.
  • Attention: Use audible alarms where possible to draw unwanted attention to the thieves.
  • Marking: mark bike or parts with the vehicle identification number (VIN) number, your postcode or registration number using an ultraviolet marker pen or property marking kit.
  • Insurance: Some companies will offer discounts on your insurance if you invest in certain security measures, so ask before you buy motorbike or scooter insurance.

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