Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 13, 2013

Many bikes stolen

Owners should take special care

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — If recent events are any indication of what’s happening, motorcycle owners in Athens should take special care to avoid being a victim of theft.

Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Williams, III said the department has fielded a few reports recently of stolen motorcycles and other vehicles.

On Wednesday, the Athens Police Department continued to investigate the theft of a Yamaha FZ1 1000 motorcycle the rider wrecked                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  while fleeing police on Monday morning. The rider fled on foot, and evaded capture in the vicinity of the water-treatment plant on FM 2892.

Also on Monday morning, a motorcycle was stolen while it was parked in the 700 block of Ruth Street. Sgt. Brett Morman took a report from the owner, who said the motorcycle was valued at about $1,100.

Last week, APD received a call from a resident at 737 E. Corsicana St., who said he had gone outside shortly after 5 a.m., and found that his 2004 model Suzuki motorcycle was missing.  The theft was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

The Motorcycle Association has some tips for owners to help avoid theft;

• Lock your ignition and remove the key. Most bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.

• Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that have large, brightly-colored tags.

• If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.

• If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled, such as a light pole.

• Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.