The first Bennetts Rider Panel survey focused on the topic of motorcycle and scooter thefts – surveying 2,330 riders from the UK and Northern Ireland.

Seven out of 10 respondents said they are concerned about their bike being stolen and 19% have been a victim of motorcycle theft. Over half (55%) of those who have experienced a theft had their motorcycle stolen from their home, however 77% of all respondents believe that their bike is more likely to be stolen when it is away from their home, in an urban area.

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When asked about the prevalence of bike thefts, half of respondents believe that more thefts take place nowadays in comparison to five years ago – yet the 74% of respondents who had their motorcycles stolen stated it was ‘10 or more years ago’ and just 20% have experienced theft in the last five years.

Security devices

The most commonly chosen security device by those taking part in the survey is their bike’s standard steering lock, with 85% using it to secure the motorcycle they ride the most. 15% of those relied on it completely for keeping their bike safe, even though no respondents believed it to be the most effective security device available.

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