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POLICE have warned moped and motorbike owners to lock up their vehicles after a rise in thefts across the city.

Officers from Portsmouth Safer Neighbourhoods’ Fratton and Cosham teams say they have noticed an increase in moped and motorbike theft.

Vehicles have been stolen in the teams’ Hilsea, Copnor, North End and Baffins areas, covered by the Fratton unit, and Paulsgrove, on the Cosham beat.

PC Lee Gott from the Baffins Safer Neighbourhoods team said: ‘Mopeds and motorbikes are often parked on people’s properties in front gardens or by pavements without any security features.

‘Unfortunately, this can be a temptation to thieves. I’m urging bike owners to use a strong, sturdy lock whenever the bike is left unattended.

‘Even if you are stepping into a shop or nipping inside your house, you should always ensure your bike is locked. Don’t give thieves the opportunity.’

For more information, call 101 or log on to hampshire.police.uk and click on Your local Policing team.