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Vehicle Crime

Alert message sent 08/10/2021 09:49:00

Information sent on behalf of Durham Constabulary

We have seen an increase in the theft of scooters in the Bishop Auckland area. Please be extra vigilante and if you see any suspicious behaviour please report via 101 or 999 in an emergency. Please read the following advice.

How to protect your motorcycle, moped or scooter from theft.

Thieves only need a matter of seconds to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle - especially if they are left with poor security - but our tips will help reduce the chance of theft. Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security. Just remember… Lock…Chain…Cover

Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it being wheeled away.

Thieves often steal a bike by breaking the steering lock and wheeling it away. Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture. This will stop thieves from cutting a lock trailing on the ground using an angle grinder. If this isn’t possible, thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel.

Thieves often look for particular models of bikes or scooters. Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them and a cover also provides another obstacle for the thief. Unfortunately, security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen but, by using multiple security measures, you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.

For security products for your scooter, motorcycle or moped search the “Accredited products” page on www. securedbydesign.com which is a police-approved website.
The more visible your security is, the less appealing it is to thieves.

PCSO Lowther 8834
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Tom Lowther (Police, PCSO, Bishop Auckland NPT)

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