Police ‘bike squads’ are patrolling areas of Northampton following a spike in the number of motorcycle thefts in parts of the town.
Northamptonshire Police say bike thefts have decreased everywhere else in the county in the last six months, apart from in Northampton, where the number of thefts is on the increase.
Bike squads have been deployed in the town to patrol areas where most crime has been reported, including Briar Hill, The Mounts, Semilong, Headlands and The Arbours.
PC Lee Flavell, who works out of Weston Favell police station, said: “Most of the bike thefts are taking place from the roadside or driveways.
“The most commonly-targeted bikes are the Honda and Yamaha makes, mostly 125cc or below. We have summer patrols policing the areas where bikes are being used anti-socially and are using our powers to seize those bikes.
“We are confident that this will result in the recovery of stolen bikes and the prosecution of the bike thieves.
“Anyone concerned about nuisance or ant-social motorcycling should ring the Safer Community Team at Weston Favell police station on 101 and give us as much information as possible about descriptions of riders, makes of bikes and problem locations.”