North Wales Police have warned motorbike owners to be vigilant and to take extra security measures after an increase in the number of motorbikes being stolen in the Bangor area.

Police warned: “We have seen a recent increase in the number of motorbikes being stolen in and around the Bangor area. Your vehicle is often your 2nd greatest financial investment after your home.

“If you’re a biker please secure your vehicle. Don’t make it easy for a criminal to take your vehicle.”

Home Office figures estimate that 30,000 motorbikes are stolen each year with only 40% are ever recovered, which means 18,000 bikes each year are never seen again and of those found many are damaged or ‘written off’.

How to protect your motorbike or scooter

Statistics show that the vast majority of motorbike or moped thefts are of parked and unattended bikes. A thief will only need a few minutes with an unattended bike if it’s not properly secured.

Preventative security is key – the more effort a thief has to put in to taking a bike, the more likely they are to abandon an attempt.

  • 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 to jump on so don’t make it easy for them.
  • Park under CCTV where possible, or if that isn’t an option park in a well-lit busy area.
  • A common method used by thieves to steal a bike is to break a steering lock and simply wheel the bike away. Using a chain lock through the back wheel will help prevent this (the front wheel can be removed easily so won’t help). Also using a Thatcham approved alarmed padlock would be very useful.
  • Where possible, secure your bike 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. This helps protect parts being stolen and stops thieves from simply using a hammer/ angle grinder to break the lock if it’s left trailing the ground.
  • Using a disc lock also helps to secure the front brake disc to physically stop it from being wheeled away.
  • 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.
  • Installing a tracking device is also a good way to locate your scooter if it’s stolen.

For more help and information about preventing motorbike crime, visit www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-vehicle/theft-motorcycles-scooters

Stolen ‘Burnt Out’ Bike on the Lon-Las-Ogwen cycle track