Councillor Phil and Mary Bateman with Cllr Rita Potter want Wednesfield North residents who own motorcycles to please read this important message from our local Police Team. Motor Cycle thefts are happening. We get told of them regularlyThis is what the police have communicated to us.
BETWEEN JUNE 1ST & JULY 1ST 2018 THERE HAVE BEEN 16 SEPERATE INCIDENTS OF VEHICLE CRIME IN THE WEDNESFIELD NORTH AREA.
THIS INCLUDES THEFT FROM AND OF MOTOR VEHICLE/ MOTORCYCLE.
CRIMINAL DAMAGE AND VEHICLE INTEFERENCE.
PLEASE BE VIGILANT WHEN LEAVING YOUR VEHICLES UNATTENDED AND TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS TO SECURE YOUR VEHICLE AS THE THIEF IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR AN EASY OPPORTUNITY TO COMMIT CRIME. (WINDOWS UP, STEERING LOCKS, WHEEL LOCKS, HANDBRAKE LOCKS, BARRIER POSTS ON DRIVE WAYS AND GOOD QUALITY CHAINS AND PADLOCKS/ DISC LOCKS FOR MOTORCYCLES AND PEDAL CYCLES ARE JUST A FEW IDEAS.
WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS CAN SEEM A BIT OF A “FAFF”, BUT IT’S MUCH BETTER THAN HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE INCONVENIENCE AND EXTRA EXPENSE OF DEALING WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES.
WEDNESFIELD POLICE TEAM
Please read this Police notice we have received this morning…If you know who is behind these thefts, please inform the Police.
|Over the past few months motorcycle thefts in and around Wednesfield have been increasing.Even if you do not have a motorcycle yourself you may find the below advice useful to pass onto someone you know who does have a motorcycle, be it a friend, family member or work colleague.It takes a matter of seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, especially if they are left either unsecured or with inadequate security.Use two or more security measures and reduce your risk of becoming a victim
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.
We recommend using a chain lock on your back wheel and through your bike frame, plus one other security measure, as a minimum.
Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security:
Remove the keys
Thieves are often opportunists and so they will look for bikes that are quick and easy to steal first.
- Always use the steering lock and remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief so don’t make it easy for them.
Lock your bike
Never rely on just using your steering lock to secure your bike.
A common method used by thieves to steal a bike is to break the steering lock and simply wheel the bike away.
- Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed easily so won’t help). Where possible, secure your bike, with the lock off the ground, to an immovable object such as a ground anchor, railings or lamp post, which will also stop thieves from just picking the whole bike up.
- If these options aren’t available, always try to thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel if the design allows it. This helps protect parts being stolen and stops thieves from simply using a hammer or angle grinder to break the lock if it’s left trailing on the ground.
- Using a disc lock helps to secure the front brake disc to physically stop it from being wheeled away. Use a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls.
Use a cover- just doing this can mean thieves don’t ‘see’ it.
- Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models, so using a bike cover instantly makes it less attractive to them, as they can’t see if it’s the model they are interested in. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief.
Fitting an alarm can be a deterrent to thieves.
- Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle.
- A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only put off thieves, but could also reduce your insurance premiums.
Property mark the parts
- Marking as much of your bike as possible will make it more difficult for criminals to sell parts on, and therefore less attractive to steal. It will also help police identify parts and return recovered stolen bikes.
- There are a range of bike marking providers that you can use.
When at home the best place to keep your motorcycle, moped or scooter is in your garage or shed
- Fit a garage door defender or upgrade garage door locks.
- Garage and shed alarms as well as low level dusk to dawn lighting will also enhance security. Fitting a ground anchor also provides extra security.
- Motorcycle lockers are also available to store your bike at home.
No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can
- Park it in an area near to your home where it’s well overlooked with good lighting.
If your bike is stolen – Never put yourself at risk. Call police immediately on 999 if you see it being stolen, or if you discover it has gone after the incident you can report it to us by using our online crime reporting tool here www.west-midlands.police.uk/incident-report or by calling 101.