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New figures show that MASTER protected motorcycles are 6 times less likely to be stolen!

1st September 2017

Recent analysis of theft data for new motorcycles sold in 2017, shows there is a huge difference between machines which are marked with the MASTER Security Scheme, compared to those which are not.  New MASTER protected bikes are six time less likely to be stolen.


MASTER, which stands for Motorcycle and Scooter Tagged Equipment Registration, is the UK’s only official and national scheme and has been adopted by the majority of major motorcycle manufacturers since its launch in 2013.  It both deters theft and makes it easier to secure a conviction. 


What do new statistics show?


Information from the MASTER Scheme database and new registration data shows 66,423 new motorcycles and scooters were registered in the UK from the beginning of this year to the end of July 2017.  42,254 were marked with the MASTER system, of which only 78 have been reported stolen.  Of the 24,169 motorcycles and scooters which were not protected by MASTER, 285 have been stolen.


Rates of theft


There is a clear and significant difference in rates of theft.  MASTER tagged machines registered in the first seven months of the year have a theft rate of just 0.18%, while non-MASTER tagged new bikes have a theft rate of 1.17%, showing MASTER tagged bikes are more than six times less likely to be stolen than bikes which are not protected by the MASTER Scheme.


Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, which first introduced the MASTER Scheme in 2013 says:


“The MASTER Security Scheme represents a significant investment by major brands and these figures confirm that the decision to invest in the official MASTER scheme was the right thing to do.  This data is very encouraging and hopefully will persuade those manufacturers not yet marking bikes to reconsider the MASTER Scheme as significant benefit to their customers.”


For more information see the full press release here.

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