Po­lice swamped with stolen bikes

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha po­lice are be­ing “in­un­dated” with stolen bikes at a rate of four or five a day and are urg­ing res­i­dents to bet­ter se­cure their ve­hi­cles.

Bike thefts in Kar­ratha have in­creased steeply in the past month, from the num­bers lo­cal po­lice are find­ing go­ing from the usual five a week to that many a day, and the sta­tion is strug­gling to keep up.

Of­fi­cers be­lieve most of the thefts are due to bikes not be­ing prop­erly se­cured and are also con­cerned few own­ers are re­port­ing them as stolen or com­ing for­ward to iden­tify them, cre­at­ing a back­log.

Kar­ratha po­lice op­er­a­tions man­ager Sergeant Ivan Davies said they were see­ing large num­bers of stolen bikes, scoot­ers and even mo­tor­bikes come though the sta­tion, some of which were brand new or ex­pen­sive.

“We’re just get­ting in­un­dated with three to four push-bikes a day get­ting handed in as found,” he said.

“Peo­ple aren’t look­ing af­ter them and other peo­ple are tak­ing it as an op­por­tu­nity.”

He said the cur­rent rate of thefts meant po­lice were run­ning out of room in their stor­age shed and had been forced to take two trailer loads of bikes to the tip as scrap metal.

Sgt Davies urged peo­ple to bet­ter se­cure their bikes by lock­ing them up, stor­ing them out of sight and record­ing their ve­hi­cle’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion details in­clud­ing on the on­line Na­tional Bike Reg­is­ter.

Kar­ratha po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Steven In­nerd said stolen bikes also had a flow-on ef­fect of en­abling peo­ple to com­mit more crimes by hav­ing a fast, light ve­hi­cle to evade po­lice.

“We need the peo­ple of Kar­ratha to get on board and start be­ing a lot more se­cu­rity-con­scious in terms of their bikes,” he said.

“They can be used to com­mit other of­fences, and if they can iden­tify it . . . then we’ve got a chance of get­ting them back to them.”

The Na­tional Bike Reg­is­ter web­site asks peo­ple to reg­is­ter in­for­ma­tion about their bikes on an on­line po­lice data­base and be is­sued with an iden­ti­fy­ing sticker.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit na­tion­al­bik­ereg­is­ter.com.au.

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