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Police survey riders on motorcycle theft

Police survey on motorcycle thefts

Riders are being asked to complete a quick online survey about motorcycle theft and security devices as part of a campaign to raise awareness.

Queensland Police and the RACQ launched their “Stop Stolen Motorcycles” awareness campaign last year and have now included this quick online Motorbike Theft Survey.

RACQ tech and safety guru Steve Spalding says it is good to see police following up on the launch to “measure any changes (hopefully improvements) of awareness of using anti-theft devices”.

“RACQ is very supportive of the work QPS is doing to raise awareness of motorcycle theft and promote the use of simple low-cost devices to help secure a bike,” says Steve who rides a Triumph Bonneville SE.

Motorcycle theft Senior Constable Tony Tatkovich and Steve Spalding RACQ srvey
Senior Constable Tony Tatkovich and Steve Spalding RACQ wth a motorcycle disc lock

“We think the survey is a great opportunity to assist the police in better understanding the level of awareness riders have about security and using anti-theft devices.

“Having a bike stolen is not just costly for the owner but disruptive and inconvenient to sort out a replacement, and to many riders a bike is more than just functional transport.

“A rider can reduce the risk of theft by better securing it and a simple device, such as a disc lock, can mean an opportunistic thief will move on to another bike that’s easier for them to take.

“A standard steering lock is only providing a basic level of protection.”

Theft rise

In Queensland, the motorcycle theft hotspot is Brisbane where 232 bikes were stolen from 2012 to 2017.

Half were stolen from parking bays, 108 (47%) were taken from a residence and eight (3%) from businesses. 

Only 48% of stolen motorcycles are partially recovered. Most are disassembled and sold for parts. 

Stop Stolen Motorcycles campaign leader Senior Constable Tony Tatkovich says 96% of stolen bikes were not fitted with a security device.

Senior Constable Tony Tatkovich launches awareness campaign motorcycle theft
Senior Constable Tony Tatkovich launches awareness campaign


The short survey asks questions about riders’ use of motorbikes, awareness of anti-theft devices, and ownership of anti-theft devices.

Respondents are not required to identify themselves except to supply a postcode.

Police say the information is anonymous in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009.

It will only be used to inform others of the effectiveness of anti-theft devices.

Should you require any additional information before participating in this survey, or at any other stage, please contact Marcus TESTON, Research & Evaluation Unit, OCC via email at or phone on 07 3015 2532.

We will publish results of the review when they are available.

  1. I have data dot and immobiliser but the reality is if they want your bike they will load it up and take it.

  2. There’s a given…………. safety in numbers. When we go ANYWHERE, one of the bunch is delegated to watch the bikes, day or night, no matter the weather, in rotating shifts. And most of us are heavily armed. Our in-house joke is that we pray for someone so stupid as to make a try and thereby provide us with the eveninggs entertainment.

    Here in Florida we have a two-option plan upon encountering motorcycle thieves. Kill them or cut open their eyes. Either way is a positive result; the dead or blind will not steal again.

    1. Yea here in Australia shooting people and or cutting eyes out is frowned upon, maybe one day your country will leave the old west behind and catch up to the rest of us.

  3. We pay registration, CTP and stamp-duty.

    Where does this go? Shouldn’t it be used to help prevent thefts?

    How hard would it be for councils to offer more motorcycle parking, with ground-anchor locking, better lighting and possible CCTV?

    If councils weren’t focusing on removing motorcycle parking for revenue reasons and provide an element of security back to the community we’d have better options to reduce thefts.

    Can’t say I’m impressed with their inability to provide the public – a public service, in this area.

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