RENO — Since the weather is now warmer, the Reno Police Department has seen an increase in the thefts of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds.
The Reno Police Department has seen average of four or five mopeds stolen each week in the city. The thefts have been occurring all over the city, with the majority being close to the downtown area. This is common for this time of year, and police are looking to heighten awareness, and possibly prevent future thefts.
The scooters, mopeds and motorcycles are very popular during this time of year, and people tend to park them outside of businesses or homes with very little security, police said. This includes those times when the owner is only away from the bike for a very short period of time.
Some helpful security tips can include:
• Park or store your vehicle in well lit area with high to moderate foot traffic.
• Lock the steering column if it is equipped with one.
• Secure your vehicle to an immovable object with a heavy duty lock and chain.
• If possible, purchase and use a secondary locking mechanism such as a disc lock or throttle lock, or an alarm system that is motion, tamper or tilt activated.
In the event that your vehicle is stolen, have your vehicle identification number and any additional information ready when you call the police at the non-emergency number 334-COPS.
Anyone having information relating to these thefts should contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, report online at www.secretwitness.com or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword “SW.”