Motorcycle owners may want to take extra precautions around the storage of their bikes, following a rash of thefts in the city. Since June 1st, 12 bikes have been stolen. Police have managed to recover 5 of the bikes.
Thieves are not setting their targets on one style of motorcycle, instead stealing everything from dirt bikes to mopeds.
Police believe the rash of thefts is likely the work of a group of individuals who are looking to sell the bikes or strip them down to sell as parts.
Mounties have released a series of tips for motorcycle owners in the city.
• Store out of sight of thieves. Out of sight is out of mind;
• Keep bikes locked even inside a storage locker, shed or a garage;
• Record serial number, make, model, colour and any special identifying parts/marks. Keep the record safe at home or in a safety deposit box with other serial numbers of valuables;
• Use theft protection devices when leaving the motorcycle in a public place. Use high quality locks of case-hardened steel, as poor quality locks can be cut in seconds. It is important to secure it to an immovable object;
• Report promptly any theft of bicycle to local police.
Mounties have also released a map of the locations bikes have been taken.