Free motorbike covers to be handed out to London motorcyclists

The Motorcycle Industry Association and the Metropolitan Police will be giving out advice and free motorbike covers to London’s motorcyclists.

A joint initiative by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and the Metropolitan Police will see users of motorcycle parking bays across central London targeted with advice and free covers for their bikes on Thursday 19th July 2018.

Representatives from MCIA member companies and the Metropolitan and City of London Police will be talking to riders parking their machines, about their riding habits and their approach to security, as well as issuing complimentary bike covers. MCIA recognise that motorcycle theft is an increasing problem, especially in London.

The idea of promoting the use of motorcycle covers is in line with the ‘onion principle’ – adding layers of security to a motorbike. The theory is that by making a motorcycle less visible under a cover, thieves will move on to a bike that may have less protection.

The action is part of MCIA Secured which, among other activities, rates the products of participating manufacturers. Each model is scored against the programme criteria and a star awarded for each level of security fitted as standard, to a maximum of five stars.

The MCIA’s Cheif Executive, Tony Campbell said, “The Motorcycle Industry Association has been working closely with the Met Police, The Mayor’s Office and other London Authorities, to help tackle Motorcycle and Scooter theft in the capital. We thought it would be a great idea to meet some of London’s regular riders face to face and offer them a Free Motorcycle and Scooter Cover and at the same time encourage all riders to Lock, Chain and Cover, leaving nothing to chance.”

Free motorbike covers
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The Met’s Detective Superintendent Lee Hill, added: “I urge all vehicle owners to Lock, Chain and Cover their scooters, mopeds and motorcycles to make them less visible to thieves. By having extra security on your vehicle, it makes it harder for thieves to steal them and use them for committing other crime.”

More than 15,000 motorcycle, moped and scooters were stolen in London in the last year – half of all vehicles stolen in London.

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