Police are warning Thanet moped owners to make sure their vehicles are secure following a spate of thefts.
More than 25 thefts of mopeds and motorcycles have been reported in Thanet between April 2 and May 1. Officers are investigating a number of lines of enquiries for the thefts and patrols are being carried out in areas where reports of mopeds are regularly seen.
In the early hours of Tuesday, May 1, officers in Holland Close, Broadstairs recovered three suspected stolen mopeds.
On the same date a 16-year-old boy from Margate was arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle. He has been released on police bail until May 20 while enquiries are ongoing.
Inspector Lara Connor of Thanet Community Safety Unit said: “We have received reports of mopeds being stolen, some of which are found later, but we have also recovered mopeds suspected to be stolen however the thefts haven’t been reported to police at the time.
“Vehicle theft is not acceptable, regardless of the type of vehicle, and our officers are carrying out patrols to deter further thefts.
“During the bank holiday weekend we stopped and checked a number of mopeds in Margate and Ramsgate to ensure all were being lawfully used by the rightful owners.
“Although most were legitimate, one vehicle was seized for having no insurance.
“While we continue our work to target vehicle thieves, we ask that moped owners review how they secure their vehicles.
“Use a lock to secure the front brake disc, and use a chain through the back wheel to attach it to something secure.
“Cover the vehicle up, store it in a garage or keep it out of sight – don’t leave your bike on display for passing potential thieves.
“We are asking residents to remain vigilant to anything suspicious and report it to us on 101 or 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”
Keep your property secure:
Do not store the keys and helmet with the bike.
Consider fitting an alarm system to protect your moped.
Get as much of your moped property-marked as you can.
Visit https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/theft/bicycle-and-motorbike-theft/ for further advice and information.
A friend had their moped stolen in April from Cliftonville and reported it on the Police ‘report a crime’ tool online but has heard nothing back in response other than the automated crime report number. Maybe the officer in charge could look through their records, they might be able to reunite those bikes with their owners. Who wouldn’t report it if it had been stolen?