Police warning to moped and motorcyle owners

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Thames Valley Police is reminding owners of mopeds and motorcycles to remain vigilant after a recent increase in the number of thefts in the city.

Between 11pm on Friday and 9.45am on Saturday a KTM motorcycle was stolen from a property in Darnel Close, Beanhill. Offenders gained entry to the rear of the property, unchained the motorcycle and left through an insecure back door.

On Tuesday, May 22, between 7am and 7.45pm, a silver moped was stolen in Avebury Boulevard and recovered the next day, in Millers Way, Hodge Lea.

Between May 7 and May 23 there were seven incidents where mopeds were stolen; two bikes were recovered after being dumped, one from Stony Stratford and was found in Galley Hill.

Mopeds have been stolen over the last month by offenders to ride on the Redways and public footpaths posing dangers to members of the public.

Superintendent Barry Halliday, LPA Commander of Milton Keynes, said: “We take these incidents very seriously. The people who are stealing and riding mopeds and motorcycles on the Redways are not only putting themselves at risk but also innocent members of public who use the Redways.

“This type of activity is so serious lives may be put at risk so we all need to act. I would appeal to all parents and guardians to ensure this safety message is made very clear to their children.

“We work closely with Milton Keynes Council on this issue and whilst criminal offences are committed when this activity takes place our priority is to ensure the residents of Milton Keynes remain safe.

“The public footpaths are no place for riding mopeds or motorcycles and these incidents need to stop before someone is seriously injured or killed.

“We have increased our presence in the area to deter people from this type of anti-social behaviour but I would ask the local community to be vigilant and report any incidents immediately to the police.”

For further safety information on motorcycles and mopeds, please visit Motorcycle Safety and Safer Rider.

Anyone who may have information about the incidents should contact new 24-hour non-emergency single number 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.