Police in Wellingborough are warning motorcyclists to take extra care to keep their motorbikes secure following a spate of thefts over the past six weeks.
Since the beginning of November, ten scooters and 125cc motor bikes have been stolen across the town.
Insp 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.”
Police have also issued the following advice:
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 at www.datatag.co.uk/motorcycles.php.
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.
For more security advice, visit www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.
Anyone who is offered a scooter or motorbike for sale and is suspicious about the circumstances, or anyone with any information about bike thefts, is asked to phone Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.