Merseyside Police Help Drive Down Motorcycle Theft
Nationally motorbikes are becoming increasingly attractive to
thieves, both opportunist and as part of organised criminal groups,
and Merseyside Police took the opportunity to educate motorcyclists
about safeguarding their machines.
The Vehicle Crime Group from Merseyside Police teamed up with
the Steam Packet Company and Datatag to give crime prevention
advice to around 4000 bikers heading through Liverpool's Pier Head
port to this year's races.
Alongside providing bikers with information leaflets explaining
ways they can make their machines less likely to be stolen,
officers also examined bikes and as a result recovered 2 stolen
bikes, 6 suspected stolen bikes and also made a number of arrests
for handling stolen goods.
Sgt Martin Mayne, of Merseyside Police's Vehicle Crime Group,
said: "Merseyside Police is constantly looking for new and
innovative ways to target and reduce vehicle crime and given that
Liverpool is a gateway to the TT races for people across the UK and
Europe, it seemed an ideal time to get out into the motorcycling
community and provide advice on how to protect your bikes.
"The initiative has been very well received by the motorcyling
community, who are very aware of the impact - both financial and
personal - that bike theft can have. Prevention is always better
than a cure and everyone we have spoken to have found value in the
advice we have given that will hopefully reduce the chance of
falling victim to theft."
Following the success of this initiative, the Vehicle Crime
Group have more operations planned to reduce other types of vehicle
crime and theft in Merseyside.
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