ESSEX Police has issued a warning to Halstead residents after a spate of motorbike thefts in the town.

The force says it has noticed a “series of motorbike thefts” in the Halstead area, with Lexmoto and Sinnis bikes being targeted.

Police have given advice to motorbike owners in a bid to prevent them becoming victims.

A spokesman said: “Whilst we are out looking for the people responsible, we are asking you to help us.

“If you own a motorbike or scooter, we advise the following when leaving your vehicle.

"Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls.

“You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it being wheeled away.

“Thieves often steal a bike by breaking the steering lock and wheeling it away.

“Use a chain lock through the back wheel, because the front wheel can be removed.

“Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture.

“This will stop thieves from cutting a lock trailing on the ground using an angle grinder. If this isn’t possible, thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel.

“Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models.

“Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them.

“A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief.”

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