50 motorbikes stolen by yobs in Scunthorpe: Police launch locks campaign
FIFTY motorbikes have been stolen in Scunthorpe since June – many of them by yobs who later abandon and set fire to them.
Thieves are in many cases snatching the vehicles despite lock systems being in place before riding them around the Westcliff estate.
In 20 of the cases, the bikes were stolen from sheds or properties.
Now police and other officials have launched a campaign to put a stop to the thefts and the yobbery of those who steal them.
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The launch of the Westcliff Project saw officers input the individual chassis details of motorbikes on the estate into the police immobilise system.
The programme – which also saw alarmed locks handed out – aims to make it easier to trace motorbikes when they are stolen.
PC Rich Short: “This project has been set up to raise awareness of motorcycle crime and for us to speak to the public about what the police can do to help tackle the issue.”
PCSO Lee Watson said the single biggest concern of residents around the area was antisocial behaviour centred around the misuse of motorbikes.
He said: “The bikes are stolen from all across Scunthorpe, but are being brought to and ridden around the estate in an antisocial way.
“Stopping the bikes being stolen can then help reduce the antisocial behaviour.”
Craig Marriott, antisocial behaviour co-ordinator at North Lincolnshire Homes, welcomed the initiative.
“Tenants regularly come to us distressed about antisocial behaviour caused by motorbikes,” he said.
“It is clear most people use them in a responsible and safe manner, but it is a minority who are terrorising neighbourhoods, creating noise and danger to residents.”
Police say the noise and disruption they bring is often the feature of a number of calls made to the local neighbourhood policing team. And on many occasions, the offenders can be hard to catch as they either ditch the motorcycles or set fire to them.
One couple signing up to the scheme was Christine and Paul Ward, from Scunthorpe.
Despite never having had a bike stolen, Mrs Ward said: “My husband loves his bike so wants to do all we can to prevent it getting stolen.
“We both think that it is a really good idea and we have passed it on to our friends with more dates arranged.”
Anyone wanting to claim a free alarmed motorbike lock can visit a drop-in session.
They are at:
• The Learning Development Centre, Enderby Road, Scunthorpe on Monday, February 11 between 4pm and 6pm
• The Westcliff Community Centre, Scunthorpe on Thursday, February 21 between 4pm and 6pm.