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Bikers encouraged to be vigilant after two attempted thefts of motorbikes in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:59 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:59 16 October 2013

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Police in the north of Norwich are urging motorcyclists to be vigilant following two thefts last weekend.

The first theft happened at the back of an address on Wodehouse Street, off Silver Road, between 11.30pm on Saturday and 8.45am on Sunday.

A Kawasaki motorbike was stolen from a garden after a gate had been forced, but was found abandoned in a nearby alleyway with damage to its trip computer, wing mirror and steering rack.

The second theft happened between 3am and 3.30am on Sunday, when a moped was taken from outside a home in Gertrude Road.

The moped was also found dumped in a nearby alleyway, which leads to Dibden Road, with substantial damage to its bodywork around the steering lock and ignition.

Police are now encouraging bikers to take steps, such as:

- Get a security device, use it and make sure you keep your keys with you.

- Always put the steering lock on.

- Try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop. If you have a garage, fit strong locks and invest in a ground anchor.

- Mark the main areas of the motorcycle with either the registration number or your postcode, and keep a record of what you have marked.

- Purchase a good immobilizer, preferably one that is approved by your insurance company and is either Thatcham or Sold Secure approved.

- Cover your motorcycle if at all possible.

- Do not leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike.

- Register your vehicle at

Anyone with information about the attempted thefts should call PC Craig Bidwell at Hurricane Way Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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