Protect yourself from motorbike thefts

Police are urging Thames Valley residents to be vigilant following a recent rise in the theft of high performance motor bikes.

Bikes have been stolen from outside homes and from inside secure domestic garages.

One tactic being used by offenders is to place a large object, such as a wheelie bin, outside the front door of properties to hamper the home owner if they are disturbed. These items should be stored out of view where possible.

Police ask anyone who owns a high performance bike to report any suspicious person paying attention to these bikes while they are being cleaned or when they are being taken out or put away. Owners who have recently advertised their bike for sale have also been targeted.

Bike owners should ensure that their bikes are secured to immovable items even if they are locked inside a garage. Garages can also be made more secure using extra padlocks.

For more crime reduction advice specific to motorbikes, please call 0845 8 505 505, Thames Valley Police’s 24-hour general number. Anyone who sees anything suspicious or has any information can also contact police on this number.

If you don’t want to speak to police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.