Thieves target motorcycles in Fayetteville

June 12, 2013 4:09:50 AM PDT
Police are warning motorcycle owners in Fayetteville to keep a close eye on their bikes because thieves certainly are.

Police say an increase in temperatures  also brings an increase in motorcycle thefts.

"When they get done riding their bikes, they just leave them in the driveway at home, or if they live in an apartment complex they go back there, then the bike is left unsecured," said Lt. Todd Joyce with the Fayetteville Police Department.

Police say motorcycles in apartment parking lots are easy prey. They can be quickly loaded into a van or truck in just seconds.

It doesn't just happen in apartment complexes though. David Lopez had his motorcycle stolen from his carport.

"I used to keep it right there by my car at my entrance," said Lopez. "So they stole it while I was sleeping. It must have been while I was sleeping. They just rolled it away."

Police say it's an all too familiar problem. They say the market for stolen bikes is lucrative.

"Sometimes you see bikes, they are sold. They may be sold for parts," said Lopez. "They get chopped, and they may end up in another state."

According to Forbes.com,  North Carolina is one of the top five states in the nation for reported motorcycle thefts.

Local police urge owners to make sure their motorcycles are put in storage buildings or fenced in areas. They also say to use several chains and locks to secure their bikes.

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