WINNIPEG - As warm weather prompts many Manitobans to hit the road and get some fresh air, the Winnipeg Police Service says thefts targeting the perfect vehicle to achieve both are on the rise.
With motorcycle season well upon us, police say motorcycle and scooter theft has been climbing over the past five years.
Last year, police received 195 reports of stolen motorcycles and scooters. The WPS says they’ve already received 50 reports of stolen motorcycles and scooters this riding season.
Police data shows most of the thefts are happening between midnight and 5:00 a.m., and over half of them are taken from residential areas, including driveways, parking lots, carports and garages.
The Winnipeg Police Service is recommending that motorcyclists use two anti-theft devices when parking their vehicle, no matter when or where it’s parked, including a a tire-locking device and an ignition locking device.
Around this time last year, 20 motorcycles were reported stolen in the city according to police, one more than the 19 stolen in June 2019, and around double the five-year average. Only nine were reported stolen in June 2017.