Security warning to motorbike owners

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MOTORBIKE and scooter owners are being reminding to be security conscious after a number of thefts and attempted thefts in the Staveley area.

Police are asking riders to consider using security devices as well as following simple precautions to help keep their vehicles safe.

Officers are also increasing patrols in the affected areas.

Sometime between midnight and 5am on Saturday, February 25 a motorbike was stolen from the garden of a house on Plover Way, Calow. It was later found abandoned.

A bike was stolen from the drive of a house on Laburnum Street, Hollingwood between 8pm on Thursday, February 23 and 5.30am on Friday, February 24. It was found abandoned by police nearby.

Thieves also attempted to steal scooters from Bevan Drive, Inkersall, and Fern Avenue and Middlecroft Road South, Staveley during the last week.

Sergeant Dave Nash, who is in charge of neighbourhood policing across Staveley, said: “Motorcycles can be an easy target for thieves if they are not secured as they can be wheeled away or bundled into a van in seconds.

“Motorcycles are twice as likely to be stolen as cars so it’s important to keep them safe by taking steps to protect them and by choosing the right security devices.”

There are a number of mechanical and electronic security devices available to help make your bike more secure and a few simple precautions could prevent you becoming a victim of theft:

Buy an alarm, immobiliser and secondary locks like a disc lock, U-lock, chain or cable lock.

Always use the steering lock.

When out in public park your motorcycle where it can be seen or in spaces that have stands for you to secure your bike to. Cover your machine if possible.

Whenever possible, avoid leaving your helmet, gloves or other possessions on the machine.

Put security marking on as many parts of your bike as possible.

The use of approved anti-theft devices such as Sold Secure or Thatcham may help to reduce your insurance premium.

When not using your motorbike remember to use your security devices and, if possible, use a garage and consider using ground anchors.

If you have information about the thefts contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.