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Wichita police warn of increase in motorcycle thefts

June 13, 2012|By Brian Heap | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(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)

Locations:

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  • 3 of 13 locations make up 88% of all thefts
  • Apartment Complexes: 48 (41%)
  • Single Family Residence: 40 (34%)
  • Parking Lot/Garage: 15 (13%)

Makes:

  • Sportbikes made up 50.4% of all thefts (59/117)
  • Motorscooter/Moped: 32 (27%)
  • Honda: 22 (19%)
  • Harley-Davidson: 16 (14%)
  • Suzuki: 15 (13%)
  • Kawasaki: 12 (10%)
  • Yamaha: 10 (9%)
Wichita police warn people about bike thefts.
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