It’s unfortunate that even criminals would stoop so low as to steal a vital piece of equipment, but mobility scooters in London do get stolen, with a number of cases populating the news as of late, featuring both the theft of the full vehicle, as well as expensive components being ripped out, such as the battery. As the news stories show, the most determined of thieves cannot always be stopped, but there are definitely precautions you can take to reduce the likelihood of opportunistic thefts occurring.
Secure Your Scooter
When at home, you’ll ideally want to keep your mobility scooter inside your home, or inside a secure garage, but this isn’t always on option for everyone. In the case that you have to leave your scooter outside, ensure that it is properly secured with some kind of padlock – chains, D-locks, immobilisers and wheel clamps can all work, though which is most practical to use will differ from person to person.
Some people may forget to remove their ignition keys or lock up their scooter when out and about on their scooter if they plan on “quickly popping into a shop”. This is all well and good, but that short time is sometimes all a thief needs! It may be hard to imagine someone walking (or riding!) or with your scooter in broad daylight, but these things do happen – stay vigilant! If you routinely make the same journey, you may want to alter your route, or park in different areas, as those with an easily recognisable routine can quickly become targets!
Mark Your Scooter
It is possible to purchase scooter alarms to use as a deterrent, and scooter trackers that can actually track the location your cotter gets taken to if it’s stolen. It is also possible to get your mobility scooter “tagged” in a similar manner to push bikes, which makes it easier for police to return your scooter to if it’s recovered in the event of it being stolen.