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Scooter safety

Alert message sent 29/08/2020 18:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Hello Residents
We hope that you are all keeping safe. Your support during this public health crisis is appreciated. The theft of mobility scooters is sadly becoming an all-too-frequent occurrence and over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had approximately 4 theft of scooters with one on fire in a local park.

Below are a few safety tips to help you protect your scooter.

Use a wheel clamp or lock

It’s possible to buy a wheel clamp to lock the wheels and prevent the scooter from being rolled away. They usually retail for under £20, however, you’ll need to have enough mobility and flexibility to kneel down and attach it to the wheel when it’s left unattended. Similarly, a long cable or chain that can be wound round the wheels and to a fixed post or stand and secured with a padlock will act as a deterrent to thieves.

Consider a scooter alarm

Widely available from many elderly care websites, scooter alarms are easily fitted to your scooter. Once the alarm is set, it will emit a noise if it detects movement (for example, someone sitting on or trying to wheel the scooter away). Often, an attention-drawing noise can be enough to dissuade a would-be thief.

Don’t leave it on show outside your home

Many people bring their mobility scooter indoors at the end of the day to charge it overnight. However, if you have a scooter with a detachable battery and you leave it outside your home or in a porch or garage overnight, make sure it’s not visible from the street. Even a mobility scooter cover could help to hide it away from prying eyes and reduce the risk of theft.
If your mobility scooter has a serial number please register it free with www.immobilise.com it only takes a couple of minutes and once you have registered you will have a better chance of getting your property back if it’s lost or stolen.

Thank you and lookafter yourselves

For more advice you can contact us through the following:
  • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
  • Phone – call us on 101.
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Mark Cox (Police, PCSO Supervisor, Derby East)

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