NEWPORT NEWS -- Police in Newport News have noticed a recent increase in the number of reports for stolen motorcycles and mopeds.
During a two week period between June 10th and 23rd, 2013, Police received reports of four motorcycle and three moped thefts.
The locations and nature of the thefts are:
- 600 block of Sea Pine Lane – Motorcycle parked in front of apartment
- 200 block Misty Pointe Lane – Motorcycle parked in front of apartment
- 500 block of Watersedge Drive – Motorcycle parked in front of apartment
- 100 block of Louise Drive – Motorcycle parked in front of apartment
- First block of Riverlands Drive – Moped chained to post in front of apartment
- 800 block 41st Street – Two mopeds chained in front of residence
Police say that because mopeds and motorcycles are very easy to steal, they encourage owners to better secure their vehicles by locking them up in areas where they aren't easily seen, such as in a garage or other out building if available.
If it is not possible to park the motorcycle, moped, or scooter in a garage or other building, they recomment parking them in brightly lit areas and near other vehicles.
Owners should also document a complete description of their moped or scooter including the serial number, and maintain the information in a safe place.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the above cases to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.