September 27th, 2017.

Following an increase in the theft of powered two-wheelers (PTWs) from Birmingham City Centre during the early part of the summer, a 'lock it or lose it' campaign is proving to be working well.

The campaign is being delivered by West Midlands Police, in partnership with the Motorcycle Industry Association’s MASTER Security Scheme. It aims to encourage riders to consider additional security when parking in the city's theft hotspots.

Police and traffic enforcement staff in Birmingham have spent the last few weeks identifying motorcycles and scooters without additional security and sticking a polite reminder letter on bike seats, to encourage riders to consider extra measures to deter and slow down thieves.

A survey of parking bays in the Cathedral Quarter in the city during early August, when the campaign was launched, showed only 40 percent of PTWs were protected with a chain, disk lock, or similar device. Police reviewed the same parking bays this month and have reported that over 90 percent of machines are now protected by additional chains and other security measures.

The messaging campaign will continue into the autumn to keep reminding anyone new to the area to lock their bikes.