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Biggest hazards when visiting London

With millions of visitors descending upon London this year for the Olympics, there are a number of hazards and dangers that visitors should be aware of to ensure that they have a safe and enjoyable trip. Here are our top things to watch out for when visiting London.

Pickpockets

London is one of the worst locations for pickpockets in the world, standing in at no.10 on the list of destinations where tourists are most likely to be pickpocketed. When travelling on public transport or walking in busy high-street, making sure your belongings are not easily accessible is of the utmost importance. There are over 20,000 reported pickpocketing offences per year but this number is decreasing as police help crack down on thieves.  If you have lost something on public transport, be sure to visit the lost property office on Baker Street to see if your belongings have been returned.

Road safety

Londoners drive on the left side of the road unlike the rest of Europe where they drive on the right, meaning that you must always look the right way when crossing the road. There are many accidents caused by unsuspecting tourists who are not familiar with UK traffic, so be sure to contact www.injurylawyers4u.co.uk if you feel you are entitled to compensation.

Taxis

If you are out and about late at night and want to use a taxi service, be sure to use a certified taxi service. London has a huge problem with unlicensed mini cabs, with many criminal offenses being committed by illegal taxi drivers. It’s always important that you pre book a taxi with a reputable taxi service. There are a number of services which can help you find a licensed mini cab company near you. Travelling alone is not advised, especially for women, who are the most vulnerable. Always notify someone if you have to use a taxi service that is questionable to travel around London.

Street works

With many areas of London being renovated for the Olympics, there are many areas that may be dangerous for pedestrians. With many uneven pavements and roads you may trip and hurt yourself if you are not paying attention. If you are seriously injured in a public place, contacting accident claims UK  may help you gain compensation to cover medical bills.

Muggings

When travelling around make sure that your valuable items are never on show. There are thousands of muggings every year in London, meaning you should always be careful when walking alone in the streets at night. Avoid poorly lit streets and always try and notify someone if you are travelling alone at night.

On the whole London is a safe place if you are prudent and sensible when travelling. Keep your wits about you and don’t flash expensive items in public and you should have a wonderful visit.

London motorcycle theft on the increase

According to a number of insurers, London is by far the worst place for motorcycle theft in the UK. A comprehensive report into motorbike theft showed that motorcycle owners in parts of London are 30 times more likely to be a victim than in other parts country. The top 10 locations in the UK are as follows:

1. South West London

2. North London

3. West London

4. South East London

5. East London

6. North West London

7. Enfield

8. Huddersfield

9. Sutton

10. Twickenham

Costing the industry roughly £105m per year, motorcycle theft in London continues to increase at a staggering pace. With considerable policing cuts being made and the Metropolitan police’s stolen vehicle unit being closed, things are showing little signs of improving. The additional survey made by the Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group report that 50% of all motorcycle theft occurs in London, with an average of 77 bikes and scooters being stolen each day. These worrying statistics mean now is a better time than ever to make sure your bike is fully insured by insurers such as MotorCycle Direct.

So what can London motorcyclists do to help keep their bikes from being stolen?

Keep your bike in a Garage

Keeping your bike off the street and out of sight will drastically reduce the risk of theft. If you don’t have access to a garage, make sure it’s grounded with an anchor and well covered.

Use insurance approved security devices

With a number of security devices on offer from trackers to immobilisers, bike owners should invest in a number of devices to keep their bikes safe as well as keep insurance premiums down.

Lock your bike to immovable objects

Many thieves are now taking more expensive bikes and putting them straight into the back of their vans. Properly securing your bike to an immovable object is therefore of the upmost importance.

Be careful where you park

Avoid poorly lit, isolated areas as these are the most common spots for bike theft. If you can, place your bike near a CCTV camera in a well exposed area.

Sports bike and scooter owners are by far the most at risk from theft, so make sure your vehicle is properly locked and secured at all times. With a bit of common sense and investment you should be able to considerably decrease the chance of motorcycle theft, even in London

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