AFTER a number of motorbike and moped thefts in Newton Abbot over the past few days, police have warned owners to lock up their machines securely.

On their Facebook page the police warn: ‘In the last couple of days there has been thefts of mopeds and motorcycles in Newton Abbot.

‘It only takes a matter of seconds to steal especially if they are left with poor security. Our advice is always buy the best security for your bike that you can afford.

‘Unfortunately security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen but, by using multiple security measures, you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.

‘Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security.’

LOCK – Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it being wheeled away.

CHAIN – Thieves often steal a bike by breaking the steering lock and wheeling it away. Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture. This will stop thieves from cutting a lock trailing on the ground using an angle grinder. If this isn’t possible, thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel.

COVER – Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models. Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief.

For security products for your scooter, motorcycle or moped search the ‘Accredited products’ page on (a police-approved website).