July 15 2014.

The Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group has released figures which show a marked reduction in the theft of motorcycles, ‘tagged’ under MASTER, the UK’s first national and official motorcycle anti-theft scheme.

Since January 2013, 52,687 new motorcycles and scooters have been protected and registered with the Scheme and to date, only 403 have been stolen. This represents a theft rate of 0.76 per cent, compared to an historic rate of 2.6 per cent and claims the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), MASTER scheme tagged motorcycles are nearly four times less likely to be stolen.

Of the 403 bikes which have been stolen, the current recovery rate (at the time of this week’s meeting) stands at 37 per cent. In addition, the police are aware of the locations of a number of the unrecovered bikes, which will be the subject of police action in the coming weeks.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA said; “11 major manufactures have been marking their bikes for over 12 months now, so we are in a position to begin evaluating the effectiveness of the MASTER Security Scheme. It will take another two years to see the full effects, as motorcycle theft is currently mostly centred on bikes of three years or less, but we are highly encouraged by the results we have seen so far.”

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