Warning following motorbike thefts in Staffordshire
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Staffordshire Police is urging the public to remain vigilant with their belongings and take the necessary steps to protect their motorbikes from thieves.
There has been a recent spike in offences - in August (2021), there were 38 reported thefts, with 33 in September and 21 so far in October (as of 11/10). These offences are force wide, but hotspots such as Stoke South and North have been identified.
Offences are occurring at all times of the day and sporadically on every day of the week, but predominately occur overnight between the hours of 10pm-4am.
Detective Chief Inspector John Miles said: "Owners of motorbikes must take all of the necessary steps that they can to avoid thefts.
"If you are able, put your bike in a locked garage or outbuilding and secure it to a ground anchor or other fixed point. Please secure your bike as best as possible with a high quality chain and lock. When parking your bike away from home, try to leave it in a well-lit area, ideally covered by CCTV.”
If you have any information concerning vehicle crime or wish to report an incident or suspicious behaviour, please call Staffordshire Police on 101, message on Facebook or Twitter, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.