Increase in bike theft & E-scooter safety

16 June 23

Row Of Parked Mopeds

Bike Theft

We have been working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to raise awareness of a spate of recent bike thefts, and what you can do to protect yourself against crime.

Bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles have been targeted in a spike of anti-social behaviour in the area that the Police are looking to crack down on.

Protect your motorcycle, moped or scooter from theft

Thieves only need a matter of seconds to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle - especially if they are left with poor security - but our tips will help reduce the chance of theft.

Lock, chain, cover


Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it from being wheeled away.


Thieves often steal a bike by breaking the steering lock and wheeling it away. Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture.

This will stop thieves from cutting a lock trailing on the ground using an angle grinder. If this isn’t possible, thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel.


Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models. Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them. A cover also provides another time-consuming obstacle for the thief.

Unfortunately, security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen but, by using multiple security measures, you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.

For security products for your scooter, motorcycle or moped search the ‘Accredited products’ page on Secured by Design (a police-approved website).

Please use the following URL which will guide you through the process:

Home | Devon & Cornwall Police (


E-Scooter Safety

Due to the growing number of people using e-scooters, we would like to make our residents aware of the legislation surrounding them.  

E-scooters and other Light Electric Vehicles are treated as motor vehicles and have to keep to the same legal requirements.

It is illegal to ride them on pavements, cycle lanes, beach promenades, bridleways or any publicly accessible land, including parks or car parks.

E-scooters can only be used on private land with the permission of the landowner.

Wear safety equipment, such as a helmet.

You must stop using your e-scooter on public land immediately, as next time you may be issued with a ticket.


Accessibility Chat Feedback Back to top


Thank you for subscribing.

If you wish to unsubscribe you can select the unsubscribe link in the first email you receive.