Northamptonshire Police are urging motorcycle owners to step up their security after an increase in thefts.
68 have been stolen across the county between 1 July and 17 August and officers are urging people to review their security arrangements and make it as difficult as possible for a potential thief.
Sergeant Dave Convery told Connect FM: “Thieves have mainly targeted smaller bikes up to 125cc but some larger bikes and a quadbike have also been stolen. Thefts have happened both during the day and overnight, from people s homes or nearby communal parking areas, or while the bikes have been parked in a public place.
“Investigations are ongoing and a number of bikes have been recovered, however, we would urge bike owners to take another look at where and how their bike is stored or parked and make sure it s as secure as possible.”
More than half the thefts have happened in Northampton, with others in Corby, Rushden, Kettering, Wellingborough, Daventry, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers.
Below is some of the advice offered by the force:
If you re able to keep do so, keep your bike in a garage or shed and use heavy duty locks. Ideally, a mixture of security devices should be used that will slow criminals down and increase the chances of the bike being found or make it harder to sell on, such as a marking device.
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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 call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 55511