Cracking down on motorbike thieves in Riddings and Westcliff areas of Scunthorpe
THIEVES who ride motorbikes through Scunthorpe before often setting fire to them are to be targeted as part of a police operation.
Officers from Scunthorpe west neighbourhood policing team, Safer Neighbourhoods and North Lincolnshire Homes have teamed up to launch The Westcliff Project.
The misuse of stolen motorcycles continues to cause misery for residents in the Riddings and Westcliff area, with noise and disruption often behind residents' complaints.
Now the project aims to raise awareness of the issues and give advice to those owning motorcycles on how to keep them safe and secure from those who are intent on stealing them to ride illegally and then burn them out.
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Since June alone, 50 motorcycles have been stolen – 20 of them taken from sheds or properties.
PC Rich Short, of Scunthorpe west neighbourhood policing team, said: "This project has been set up to raise awareness of motorcycle crime and to speak to the public about what the police can do to help tackle the ongoing issue.
"I appreciate that the misuse of stolen motorcycles is a problem for local residents and I hope that police and representatives from both Safer Neighbourhoods and North Lincolnshire Homes can help reduce the number of calls and raise awareness to those who own motorcycles about keeping them safe and secure."
Craig Marriott, antisocial behaviour coordinator at North Lincolnshire Homes, said the minority using the bikes irresponsibly were causing a number of problems for residents.
"Tenants regularly come to us distressed about antisocial behaviour caused by motorbikes," he said.
"It is clear that 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.
"We welcome this new scheme, which will aim to educate on the safe and secure storage of motorbikes and stamp down on them being ridden illegally and also help prevent theft."
Councillor Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for customer service, sport and leisure at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "It is hoped that this joint initiative between the council, the police and North Lincolnshire Homes will help cut down the number of motorcycle thefts and antisocial behaviour."