MOPED riders have been warned to be on their guard following an increase in the number bike thefts this month.

Falmouth and Helston Police put out the warning on Twitter saying the number of mopeds being stolen in the first part of November had gone up.

They warned riders that if they have a bike to ensure that they keep it locked and secured and if possible, parked off the road and out of sight.

A survey by the National Crime Intelligence Service (NCIS) revealed that:

  • More motorbikes are stolen in the UK than are bought new
  • It only takes 20 seconds to steal a motorcycle
  • £3 million worth of motorbikes are stolen from the UK streets every month
  • 80% of bikes are stolen from an owner's home

The top four makes of motorcycle that account for over 85 per cent of thefts are Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki.

Top tips on securing your motorbike

Always take your keys with you when you leave your motorbike, even for a short time. If you have security devices fitted, always use them.

Fit an approved alarm and immobiliser (and sticker) to your bike - this will deter criminals. If the criminal manages to bypass the alarm the immobiliser will make it difficult if not impossible to start.

Park your bike in designated areas that are in full view of a busy street or car park. Keep a look out for car parks displaying a "Secured Car Park" sign.

Always lock your bike away in a secure location when it is not in use.  By doing this you may benefit from cheaper bike insurance.

Security mark as many parts of the motorcycle and accessories as possible use the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or unique coding supplied by a company e.g. datalog.

The Motorcycle Retailers' Association or your local bike groups like the Motorcycle Action Group will be able to advise on suitable security options for your bike.

The increase comes after a similar increase in the theft of bicycles during the first lockdown when cycling bacame extremely popular for people taking exercise and wanting to gwet around.