(WICHITA, Kan.) — Wichita police warn motorcycle owners about a spike in thefts.
With summer in full swing, more people are out riding and that presents more opportunities for thieves to steal a bike.
WPD is working on a public service announcement to raise awareness about motorcycle thefts.
Ross Reed, owner of Mid America Powersports, tells Eyewitness News motorcycle owners sometimes get lazy and didn't take advantage of simple preventative measures, including disc and steering locks.
Reed says thieves have been known to target storage areas and haul away motorcycles with trucks.
Reed says the best advice for motorcycle owners is to make your bike so difficult to steal that a thief will just pass it by.
Auto Thefts in Recent Years
- 2008 – 1846
- 2009 – 1592
- 2010 – 1415
- 2011 – 1826
- 2012 - 612 (to date)
Motorcycle Thefts in 2011
117 Total Avg (1 bike stolen every 3 days)