Scooter, motorbike thefts on the rise in Denver


Denver police say scooter and motorbike thefts are up nearly 50 percent in the city in 2015.

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DENVER — Thefts of scooters and motorbikes are on the rise, the Denver Police Department said Wednesday.

Police have received 53 reports of scooter thefts in 2015, up 47.2 percent from the same period in 2014.

Police are advising scooter and motorbike owners to take extra precautions, including:

*Remove the key by leaving the ignition unlocked.

*Invest in brake disc locks, which combined with a chain will prevent scooters and motorbikes from being carried away.

*Lock with other motorbikes, making it difficult for would-be thieves to take multiple motorbikes.

*Lock motorbikes to a secure, stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled such as a light pole.

*Invest in audible alarms, which can deter thieves because it draws attention.

*Park the scooter near an outdoor security camera.

*Park the scooter in a garage and block it in with automobiles.


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