Approximately 26,000 motorcycles are stolen each year in the UK and the majority of them are less than 3 years old. These are often stripped and rebuilt around genuine frames and as such recovery rates are low, with the Police unable to prove ownership beyond doubt. For the first time the industry has united behind one official security and registration scheme to combat this problem.
The Scheme is the MASTER Security Scheme (Motorcycle and Scooter Tagged Equipment Register).
- It is the first and only official national scheme approved by the police authorities.
- The delivery partner is Datatag ID Ltd.
- The scheme is available to manufacturer members of the MCI so that they can offer new motorcycles and scooters, marked, tagged, registered and recorded, thereby cutting crime and restoring consumer confidence.
- Although the scheme is voluntary, it is already believed to exceed the scope of any other.
- Early adopters of the scheme are BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha and bikes protected by MASTER Security Scheme will be available soon.
The scheme will reduce motorcycle crime as the motorcycle parc of marked machines increases over time.
The MASTER Security Scheme was launched on 24th July 2012, at New Scotland Yard with the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Craig Mackey QPM and Lord Henley, Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction.
Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Craig Mackey QPM says : 'The MASTER scheme is an excellent example of how the Police working with the industry and the motorcycling community can help to reduce crime. Manufacturers who protect their bikes with this security marking will be protecting their riders and in turn making it harder for the criminals to operate in this sector. The Metropolitan Police Service are very proud of being engaged in this Partnership and are determined to drive down motorcycle crime'
Lord Henley, Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction, said: “I would like to thank the UK Motorcycle Industry Association and the police for working together to develop this innovative marking scheme, which I hope will play an important role in preventing and reducing motorcycle theft. This is a great example of how partnership working can really deliver results.”
Email the MCI for more information on the MASTER Security Scheme