Bikers beware of thefts

PUBLISHED: 14:21 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:21 03 February 2015


MOPED and motorbike owners are being urged to keep their vehicles secure following a number of thefts in Portishead.

Since January 10, police received reports of seven incidents involving the theft of the two-wheeled vehicles under 125cc.

On January 28, a 17-year-old from Shirehampton was arrested in Portishead and later charged with taking a vehicle without consent and riding without a licence or insurance. He is currently on bail pending a court hearing later this month.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jarrod Bartlett said: “We know that criminals will travel to lower-crime areas like ours because they think they will find easy pickings.

“If you have a motorbike or moped, lock it to a ground anchor using a quality chain. You can also find products which have been graded by qualified locksmiths at

“If you can, park it inside a garage or somewhere overlooked by neighbours and passers-by.

“If you see someone tampering with a motorbike or moped, call 999 straight away.”

Anyone with any information about vehicle crime should contact the police by calling 101.

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