Have you seen this distinctive motorbike?
Avon and Somerset Police are investigating the theft of a Honda CB100 bike from a property in Cotham Park, Bristol.
The bike was taken sometime overnight between Friday 6 April and Saturday 7 April.
Inspector Rob Cheeseman who leads Operation Buell, an operation set up to tackle motorbike thefts in Bristol said: “We are following up all lines of enquiry and are doing all that we can to locate this distinctive, custom made bike. House-to-house enquiries have been carried out in the area but I ask members of the public to keep their eyes peeled and contact us if they see it, or if they have any information about the theft.
“We are aware of the posts on Instagram regarding this theft, however, I would ask people to refrain from naming potential suspects on social media, or reporting sightings on Facebook or Twitter. Information should go via our website or by calling 101. The naming of potential suspects on social media can actually hinder our investigation and ironically divert resources away from us trying to find the bike.
“If you’ve seen this bike, or know where it may be now, please contact us via our website or call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5218073582.”
Follow these tips to keep your motorbike safe from thieves:
• Lock your scooter to something immovable like railings, lamp posts or a bike post. Keep chains as tight to the machine as possible and try to ensure they are off the ground.
• Park your scooter where it can be seen, not tucked away in the corner of a dark car park.
• Always lock your scooter at home. Use a cover over your scooter if it is outside. If you can, keep your scooter in an alarmed secure garage.
• Use a proprietary part marking system like Datatag or Alpha Dot to deter professional thieves and help trace your scooter if it is stolen.
• The use of approved anti-theft devices such as Sold Secure or Thatcham may help reduce your insurance premium.
There's more home security advice on the website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a motorbike call the police straight away. It’s 999 if a crime is in progress, otherwise ring 101.