The South African Police Service (SAPS) Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit in Port Elizabeth is warning motorcycle owners to take additional safety measures after an increase in motorcycle theft.
Motorcycle theft a concern in Nelson Mandela Bay metro
The SAPS has seen an increase in motorcycle theft in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro area.
Police are suspecting that a syndicate is operating in the area.
Criminals would enter the property by lifting automated gates or forcing garage doors open.
When motorcycle thefts occur, criminals would usually enter the property by lifting automated gates or forcing garage doors open. They would then either drive or push the bikes away.
There is an estimate that the motorcycles are worth between R55 000 and R150 000.
Police are urging owners to take safety precautions
Police have urged motorcycle owners to take safety precautions to safeguard them against motorcycle theft.
They provide the following tips:
Ensure that there is adequate security on your vehicles. It is important to install a tracker on your vehicles.
Never leave your keys on the bike even if it is parked in your garage. Also don’t leave the keys in the garage cupboard etc. Make sure that the keys are with you at all times. There were instances where the garage doors were lifted and the motorbike stolen.
Sometimes desperate measures must be implemented – put a chain lock or clamp on the wheels
Never ignore a barking dog. If you are suspicious of anything, don’t go outside alone rather alert the police or call your security company.
Take note of the same kombi’s and open bakkies circling your neighborhood.
Install a sensor light outside.
Older model vehicles should ensure that they park their vehicles, especially in shopping centres near cameras so that footage is easily available of the suspects.
The theft of these bikes are a concern and anyone who can assist police with any information about suspicious activity in their neighborhood or suspected criminals may contact Lieutenant Colonel Pieter Botha on 082 302 6060.