Improved Identification Linked to a Continuing Reduction in Yamaha Bike Theft
The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) has seen a dramatic drop in the theft of late model Yamaha motorcycles that has coincided with the company adopting state of the art identification protection (YamahaDNA) across its entire range four years ago.
The NMVTRC is especially pleased with these results as it has long been calling on motorcycle importers to provide better, permanent identification of their vehicles to help combat theft.
Motorcycles as a vehicle class have defied the very positive downwards trends that have been seen in passenger car theft over the past decade. While electronic security in the form of an immobiliser is a very important advance in motorcycle security it has its limitations as motorcycles can be easily lifted onto another vehicle and taken away. It is also very easy for thieves to alter the traditionally stamped Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and engine number in order to launder a stolen bike or they can simply be stripped of their expensive parts.
YamahaDNA can deter profit motivated thieves because a secure number that links to a machine’s VIN is effectively applied up to 5000 times. By being virtually impossible to locate and remove all 5000 numbers, YamahDNA provides the evidence needed for prosecution in the event a suspect bike is inspected by police.
The NMVTRC’s latest theft statistics show that there has been a 33% drop in theft of models sold in the past two years that have carried YamahaDNA compared to the models sold in the previous two years, and 44% drop compared to the models stolen before the identification program started. Theft of bikes that were stolen and never recovered has shown even better improvement, with the numbers dropping by 46% since the program started.
Particularly encouraging is a 43% drop in the number of stolen and unrecovered off-road Yamahas, since the program began given that dirt bikes are especially attractive to thieves.
These results are even more significant given the total number of all brands of motorcycles stolen has increased by 14% and the number not recovered has increased by 8% over the same period*.
About the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council
The NMVTRC is an initiative of all Australian governments and the insurance industry to develop strategies and implement programs to reduce the level of vehicle theft in Australia.
For further information:
Ray Carroll, NMVTRC
Tel: 03 9348 9600
*In the twelve months to December 2010; 7,568 motorcycles were reported stolen in Australia constituting 13% of all stolen vehicles. 4,644 (61%) were not recovered and accounted for 27% of all unrecovered vehicles.