Motorbike and scooter security

An unsecured motorcycle, scooter or moped is an easy target for thieves as they are relatively lightweight and can be wheeled away and lifted into a waiting vehicle.

Below are useful tips on how to keep your motorbike, scooter or moped safe from thieves.

Security tips

  • If your motorbike or scooter doesn’t already have one, get a Thatcham or Sold Secure approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted.
  • Secure your motorbike to a solid object that can’t be moved.
  • Audible alarms should be used where possible as this will generate more attention than the thief wants.
  • Always put a steering lock on.
  • When you are not using your motorbike or scooter, put it in a garage or a secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor to secure it to inside the building.
  • Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered up, even when you are at home.
  • Use tamper proof screws to secure your motorcycle number plate. These screws will prevent number plates from being stolen which are used on stolen vehicles to commit crime.


  • Use a motorcycle chain, disc lock or cable and lock. Thread the chain through your frame, as many vehicles are stolen for parts.
  • These should be secured to an immovable object (such as security loops or bars), which will provide a difficult barrier for the thieves to break through.
  • Pay for the best quality you can afford and wherever possible choose Police Approved ‘Sold Secure’ gold standard products.

Safe parking

  • Whenever possible, avoid leaving your helmet or other accessories on your motorbike or scooter or in a luggage space on panniers.
  • If you are parking your bike, leave your seat open so that thieves do not break the seat lock if they target your vehicle and search for items to steal.
  • Use a parking space built specially for motorbikes or scooters. They will have stands or security loops.
  • Look for one that has achieved the police approved safer parking award-Park Mark. Find out more at: 

Security marking 

  • Marking individual parts of your bike makes it more difficult to sell on. It can also help police officers trace and return your bike if it is stolen.
  • This is simple to do with forensic security marking kits. Choose 'Secured by Design' approved forensic marking products.

Please read our motorbike and scooter crime prevention leaflet for more advice.