Motorcycle theft has always been a problem, particularly in cities and urban areas. But it seems like it’s getting worse. From thefts and joy-riding to bike-jacking, there seems to be a growing problem. As a response, local motorcycliss organised the Bristol Bike Theft Awareness Ride on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. And they were joined by around 700 riders.
The ride was set up with 4 main aims:
- Raise awareness of the problem and remind motorcycle owners how they can aid the Police in their work.
- Share tips with riders on keeping their pride and joy safe and secure.
- Show solidarity with the law-abiding community in Bristol and demonstrate that they are all working together to tackle this issue.
- Demonstrate support for Avon and Somerset Police and their tireless work in tackling motorcycle thefts and related crime.
The procession was accompanied by a pair of police motorcyclists as it set off from Cribbs Causeway in the north of Bristol. And it then followed a route through several known hot-spots for motorcycle theft, passing through Park Street and by Bristol City hall before finishing at Fowlers Motorcycles in the city centre.
Apparently local Bristol residents, shoppers and tourists all saw the ride, with many staring, clapping and waving. Which means that they may be more aware of motorcyclists, and also be more likely to take note and act if they see something suspicious happening.
Fowlers has been in Bristol since 1926, and has already pledged support for any future events. And hopefully by uniting Bristol locals, police and motorcyclists, there might be a noticeable impact on motorcycle thefts in the area.
Anything we can do to reduce motorcycle thefts is always a good thing. Not only does it have an impact on those sadly left without their prized bike. But anti-social riding by the thieves is associated with all bikers. And we all end up paying higher insurance premiums as a result.