Mobility scooter theft victim says crime is hitting disabled more care must be taken

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Mobility scooter theft

Mobility scooter theft

A DISABLED man whose mobility scooter was stolen after he dropped into a café for a cuppa has condemned the thieves for targeting the disabled.

The stealing of motor scooter from outside shops has recently become more common. People used to respect the elderly and the disabled and the only thing that they are able to get about in is now under attack. of course, it’s easy to believe that nobody would be so uncaring as to steal a mobility scooter. Recently though  it happens all the time.

Criminals have now cottoned onto the fact that these scooters have a quick turnaround value. Thieves know they are expensive devices and know they can sell them for a quick profit. Like many things that are a target to thieves. Then mobility scooter users will have to start taking security procedures. So if you start taking security steps now you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing your scooter is safe wherever you leave it.

Making your scooter safer in three steps?

1. Buy a scooter with an ignition key.

Many brands of scooters now come with an ignition key as standard. However, key ignition systems are one of the most popular aftermarket modifications for mobility scooters. Many scooters are too easy to start without authorization but a key will ensure that nobody tampers you’re your scooter. Of course, a key switch can not stop theft in freewheel mode, but they do the job for casual thefts . So, the nearest comparison that I know about is my ride on lawn mower. These machines make it more difficult to steel them when the ignition is switched off and the key taken out.

Although there are probably many ways of stealing mobility scooters. So, its the ones left outside shops that concern me most. When the scooter is in free wheel mode then they can be just pushed away. Consequently, if the key is left in the ignition then the scooter can just be driven away? I think that carelessness is probably one of the main reasons.

Push bikes were a prime example? we could leave them anywhere at one time. Then thieves discovered that they were an easy steal and we then had to use chains to try and prevent this. Everything that moves is a target.

2 Try a bike lock?

ometimes a bike lock is all it takes to make a criminal think twice. Thus, about committing such an obvious theft. People will turn their heads and assume that a freewheeling scooter is just broken down. Or is being picked up for repairs. But there is no mistake that somebody cutting a lock is likely a thief. This takes me back to the bikes? a chain may be possible to fit on your scooters wheels. If so why not try it?

3 Disconnect the battery

Many mobility scooters have found bike locks to be a surprisingly effective deterrent. Most scooter thefts are crimes of opportunity .The ignition-battery disconnect system will stop most of these opportunists. Subsequently, thought those who know scooters also know that they can just pop it into freewheel mode and load it on a trailer. Just the same as steeling a ride on lawn mower.

To finalize? thieves can also steal mobility scooters to sell the parts on? they are stripped down and sold on especially the mobility scooter batteries. These batteries are easily sold onto another unsuspecting scooter owner.

Mobility scooter theft victim says crime is hitting disabled