August 9th, 2017.

Officers from Police Scotland have received specialist MASTER Security Scheme training to spot stolen motorcycles.

Backed by the Motorcycle Industry Association, MASTER, which stands for Motorcycle and Scooter Tagged Equipment Registration, is the UK’s only official and national scheme and since its launch in 2013 has been adopted by major motorcycle manufacturers. There are now over 220,000 MASTER tagged machines and this number increases each year. Tagging both deters thieves and makes securing a conviction easier.

The MASTER Security Scheme uses a sophisticated array of technology to mark the motorcycle's major component parts, providing a unique fingerprint. This is a layered approach and involves using a combination of visible and concealed elements. This includes hidden datadots, stealth etching and a number of radio frequency identification transponders, which are embedded into parts - similar to the technology that allows the chipping of cats and dogs.

Operation Soteria is Police Scotland's (Edinburgh Division) response to the rise in motorcycle thefts and antisocial behaviour and the workshop will help equip police with the skills to quickly identify machines marked with the MASTER Scheme technologies.

The training was delivered to over 50 officers drawn from across the Scottish force, including Roads Policing officers, Vehicle Crime Team officers, CID pro-active officers, Community Patrol officers, uniform response officers and Operation Soteria representatives.

Chief Inspector James Jones who is leading Operation Soteria said; “This training is vital in speeding up the process of being able to identify stolen vehicles. Operation Soteria aims to reduce theft of motorcycles and the knock-on effect of stolen vehicles being used for anti-social riding and is a significant priority for Police Scotland due to the dangers this poses to the public, the police and anti-social riders themselves.”

Steve Kenward, CEO of the UK’s Motorcycle Industry Association, which developed and introduced the MASTER Security Scheme, applauds Police Scotland for taking a proactive approach to motorcycle theft; “We are delighted that Police Scotland is prioritising vehicle crime and making sure officers working at the sharp end are easily able to spot MASTER tagged bikes. The number of MASTER tagged bikes will increase every year, so knowing what to look for and being able to confidently identify parts marked with MASTER technologies will become increasingly important as more and more bikes are protected by it.”

For more information on the scheme, visit www.masterscheme.org