Owners of motorbikes, mopeds and scooters in are being advised to make sure their vehicles are secure over the coming months.
The advice follows an increase in theft of these vehicles in March 2011 and in the first two weeks of March this year.
In March last year 21 two-wheel vehicles were stolen in Milton Keynes, compared with just 15 in January and February. The majority were taken from gardens and drive ways. Four have been stolen in the last two weeks.
Det Insp Mark Glover, from Milton Keynes CID said: “Perhaps it is due to longer evenings and better weather, but for one reason or another, there tends to be an increase in theft of motorcycles at this time of year.
“People may think they are leaving their motorbikes or mopeds secure, but unless they are securely chained and stored behind a well secured, padlocked gate, they will attract criminals.
“Ideally, they should be kept out of sight in a locked garage, but if this isn’t possible, I would strongly advise investing in a strong padlock for your garden gate.
“The key thing is to make it as difficult as possible for criminals to steal them. Very often we find the vehicle has been taken for a short distance and then dumped, and often ruined.”