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Police warn of spate of motorcyle thefts in Southend
4:00pm Friday 2nd November 2012 in Echo News
POLICE are urging motorbike owners to be vigilant after a huge rise in thefts.
From October 1 to 31 there have been 18 thefts of high performance motorbikes, including kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha bikes worth up to £4,000.
Acting Insp Ian Hughes said: “This is an exceptionally high number of motorbike thefts. We don’t normally get many. The bikes are generally sports bikes stolen from the roadside of from hard-standings in front gardens.
"Most have been secured by chains but we believe there is a van going round and they are lifting them up and putting them in the back of the van. It’s the usual way of stealing motorbikes.”
Police recommend that owners install ground anchors to prevent the bikes being lifted off driveways. They are also warning that bikes should be put in garages or at least covered up and fitted with immobilisers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Acting Insp Hughes on 101 ext 470005 For more information on how to protect motorcyles, visit www.essex.police.uk