Bike security to be highlighted with the introduction of anti-theft ‘star rating’ system
Major motorcycle manufacturers are to apply a new anti-theft ‘star rating’ system to new motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, so that customers can easily understand how many ‘layers’ of security are fitted to their motorcycle or scooter.
The UK’s Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has developed the new system to be known as ‘MCIA Secured’. The scheme will recognise 5 different categories of fitted security and will award a star for each one present, up to a maximum of 5 stars. These include:
• Steering lock
• Tracking device
• MASTER Security System
That means that once MCIA Secured is applied, you will know clearly what security is fitted as standard to your new bike when making a decision about what to buy.
Don’t forget your locks, chains and covers
The MCIA Secured star rating system concentrates on built in security, but it is vitally important that riders also use physical security, as a front line defence against thieves. Police advise all riders to lock, chain and cover their bikes to slow down or deter criminals, which will also help to prevent the further crimes committed by those on stolen machines.
Layering security with a combination of built in devices as well as locks, chains and covers will make your hard earned motorcycle, scooter or moped much harder to steal. It also makes it much easier to recover bikes and prosecute offenders.
Tony Campbell is CEO of the MCIA says
“Even considering the increase in theft and crime, the number of people opting to use a motorcycle and scooter has been rising over the past 20 years. We believe this new scheme, by highlighting which anti-theft devices are fitted as standard, will help customers make a more informed choice and raise awareness of the importance of protecting their motorcycle or scooter from criminals”.