Motorcycle Security Tips – Immobiliser and Alarm

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The Meta M357T-V2 alarm and immobiliser

You may have had one of these fitted as standard when you bought your bike. If not, there are many professional companies that can fit one, although not cheap, expect to pay at least £250. The installation involves tapping into the existing wiring loom and/or ECU in an obfuscated fashion to prevent any quick disabling.  Most alarms/immobilisers fall into a Thatcham category. These categories go from 1 to 7, but are not a range of effectiveness, rather just different types. If you have a very high value bike, consider getting a Thatcham CAT5 system fitted. These will automatically report back to a control centre when the bike is stolen and allow them to prevent the bike from being restarted at a distance.

A loud alarm is good for alerting an attack, hopefully so someone might disturb them so they give up. Just don’t rely on this, there’s no guarantee anyone will pay any attention to an alarm, let alone approach a gang of bike thieves. A professionally fitted device (with a certificate) can also give you a discount on your insurance premium, often around 10%.

An immobiliser can be effective at preventing your bike being hot-wired by a petty thief, but won’t stop a skate board or van attack to transport your bike to a lock up where the alarm and immobiliser can be removed at leisure.

The final disadvantages of alarms is they will drain your battery over a couple of weeks. Factor in a trickle charger if you don’t ride regularly. Secondly, they can die with age (the internal non-replaceable battery on my Meta alarm has a 10 year life span) and have been known to leave riders immobilised.

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