Torquay Police have advised members of the public to secure their motorbikes and mopeds following a spate of thefts across Torbay.
There have been a number of posts on social media, particularly Spotted Torquay appealing for information following the theft of mopeds, along with posts showing found bikes that had been abandoned.
Posting on Facebook, Torquay Police said:
There have been a spate of youths stealing mopeds across Torbay in recent weeks. These are often burnt out afterwards. Golf buggy’s have even been targeted. Police are targeting patrols in area’s that have seen these crimes.
We advise anyone who owns a motorbike, moped, mobility scooter, quad bike or similar item to make sure they are secured to deter any opportunistic thieves;
Lock – Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it being wheeled away.
Chain – Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed).
Cover – Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models. Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them.
Remove the keys – Thieves are often opportunists and so they will look for bikes that are quick and easy to steal first. Remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief so don’t make it easy for them.
Fitting an alarm – can be a deterrent to thieves
Property mark the parts.
Store your motorcycle, moped or scooter in your garage or shed. No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can.
They also added: “If you see anything suspicious, please report it to the Police via the 999 service. If you have any information on the culprits, you can report anonymously through CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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