Motorcyclists urged to keep bikes secure following spate of thefts in Widnes Date published: 9th May 2017 6.53am

Motorcyclists are being urged to ensure their bikes are kept secure following a spate of thefts in Widnes.

Since Monday, 17 April, officers have received four reports of motorbikes being stolen from homes and officers are reminding residents to be extra security conscious to deter thieves.

Chief Inspector Richard Rees, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “We have had a number of thefts of motorbikes over the last few weeks and are urging the local community to be vigilant and take extra security measures to protect their motorbikes.

“There are a number of ways to protect your bike being stolen such as keeping it out of view and securely locked away when you’re at home and not leaving it in isolated or dimly lit places.

“Following these simple security checks can go a long way in helping to keep your property safe and free from opportunists.”

Residents are encouraged to follow some simple tips to make their bikes more secure:

• Use an additional form of security such as a good lock and chain, brake disc lock and a good alarm and immobiliser system.
• Consider fitting a paging alarm that alerts by SMS you when your bike is under attack. Using a talking alarm instead of sirens is also effective in discouraging thieves, as is installing a GPS tracking system.
• Don't leave your bike on show. If you have a garage at home, then get into the habit of using it and make sure your garage is securely locked and alarmed.
• Don't leave your bike keys in an easy to find place in the house.
• When you do have to park in public, choose a street or area that is well lit, where your bike can be seen and where you can lock your bike to a grounded anchor. Carry a bike cover which covers the whole bike.
• Mark your bike. These improve the chances of your bike being returned to you and can help the police make a successful prosecution. Make sure you use a secure marking system that is approved by the motorbike insurance provider that you choose.
• Brake disc locks may deter opportunists and joy riders, but professional thieves are simply going to pick the bike up and put it in the back of a van within a few seconds. A ‘U’ lock attached to a grounded anchor is a safer option and will take more effort to break.

At some time between 8pm on Sunday, 16 April, and 9am on Monday, 17 April, a silver Yamaha with purple and blue wheels was reported stolen from outside a block of flats on Monarch Court Queens Avenue. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 192 of 17 April.

Between 1am and 5.30am on Sunday, 7 May, two motorcycles were stolen from Hall Gate Road, one was later recovered but a silver Yamaha Fazer is still missing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 188 of 7 May.

A silver and black Honda CVR 1000 was stolen from the driveway of Brentfield in Widnes between 9am and 10am on Saturday, 29 April. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 313 of 29 April.

Between 10.30pm on Saturday, 29 April, and 11am on Sunday, 30 April, four motorcross bikes were reported stolen after a garage was broken into on Alder Avenue. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 417 of 30 April.

Anyone who may have any information about motorbike theft or suspicious activity should contact Cheshire Police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.