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Thursday 11th December 2014

Motorcyclists urged to keep their bikes secure following spate of thefts

source: Northants Police website

Police in Wellingborough are encouraging people to take extra steps to keep their motorbikes secure following a spate of thefts over the past couple of months. Since the beginning of November, 10 scooters or 125cc motor bikes have been stolen across the town.

Inspector Paul Valentine said: “Most of the recent thefts have been from the owner’s home and I would encourage anyone who owns a scooter or motorbike to review their security arrangements and make it as difficult as possible for a potential thief.

“Where possible, keep your bike in a locked garage or shed and make sure you are using heavy duty locks with a suitable anchor point.

“Ideally, use a mixture of security devices that will slow criminals down and increase the chances of the bike being found or harder to sell on, such as a marking device.”

Keep photographs and store unique numbers – you can do this free-of-charge at www.immobilise.com.

A range of locks can be used, such as chains, padlocks, ground anchors, disc locks and D- locks

An important principle for motorcycle security is that it is critical to lock your bike to something solid whenever possible.

Try to make your motorbike less desirable by marking various parts with identification numbers such as the VIN, registration number or your postcode. This also helps with recovery if it is stolen and later found – for example, Datatag your bike

Always take your keys with you when you leave your motorbike, even for a short time. If you have security devices fitted, always use them.

When out and about, try to leave your motorbike in specially built parking spaces that have stands or loops to secure it to.

Original story on the Northants police website

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