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UK postcode analysis of motorcycle thefts.

14 April, 2008
Survey by UK specialist motorcycle insurer, Carole Nash, puts north London riders in the highest risk band for theft.
Teenagers who live in north London and ride a Honda SCV100 scooter suffer the highest risk in the UK of having their two-wheeled transport stolen according to Carole Nash, the insurance company specialising in motorcycle policies.

The company's annual survey puts 8 London postcodes in the top ten list, demonstrating that the capital is no place to leave your scooter unsecured and unattended. Like cyclists, motorcyclists have always been a relatively easy target for thieves despite the growing array of built in and aftermarket security features that are now available, the most effective of which are immobilisation and tagging.

However, the survey shows that those owners who are most likely to spend money on additional protection for their vehicles are in categories which represent the least risk. If the bike is the expensive run-around of a middle-aged professional who keeps it chained, tagged and garaged in rural Herefordshire, it is several times less likely to be stolen than the cheap scooter owned by a London teenager who keeps it on the street and the premiums will reflect this. Carole Nash is keen to point out that adding effective security technology will bring the policy price down regardless of other risk factors.

The insurance company doesn't put all the burden of responsibility on owners though, speaking out also on the issue of secure parking facilities for motorcycles which it believes to be sorely lacking throughout the country and which would result in a considerable reduction in motorcycle theft and vandalism if they were available.
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