Advice issued following increase in motorcycle thefts
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Hertfordshire Constabulary is asking motorcyclist to make sure their bikes are secured following an increase in thefts in recent months.
More than 120 motorcycles have been stolen in the last three months across the county, with most offences occurring in the Welwyn Hatfield, Watford, Hertsmere and St Albans areas.
It is believed the thefts are opportunistic and the majority were taken when the motorcycles were unsecured.
Sergeant Karen Mellor from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit said: “In many cases the thieves are using cutting tools to steal secured bikes, so using strong, good quality locks will act as a deterrent. We have also had a number of attempted thefts whilst the bikes were being driven, so stay vigilant if you are travelling on the roads.
“I would urge people to follow some simple crime prevention tips. Many of the stolen motorcycles were left unsecured. If nothing else, always lock your bike and set the alarm if it has one. If you witness suspicious activity around motorcycles, I would urge people to report it by calling 999 so that we can attend.”
Further crime prevention advice includes:
Try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop.
Always lock your bike to something secure – at home, fit special attachments such as ground loops to lock your bike to.
Use a motorbike cover – don’t advertise what you’ve got!
Have the motorbike security marked with its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Check with your insurance company – they may offer insurance discounts for certain security measures.
When purchasing security devices, make sure they are either Thatcham or Sold Secure approved.
Never leave helmets or other possessions with your bike.
Try to park where there’s CCTV.
If you’re buying a second-hand bike or parts, be wary of so-called ‘bargains’. Have a good look at the registration documents and check the bike’s history with HPI Group Ltd, Carwatch UK Ltd, the AA or the RAC.
If you ride an off-road bike, ask the DVLA to register its details (frame and engine numbers) on their own and police computers. It’s free.
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