An recent increase in thefts of mopeds in the Rehoboth Beach area has prompted police to remind the public to be aware.
In the middle of March, members of Delaware State Police Troop 7 began seeing a spike of moped thefts along the Route 1 area, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police.
With the weather starting to get warmer and an increase of individuals visiting the beach area, she said, people should follow safety tips such as:
- Always turn off the bike and remove the ignition key. Even if you are close by or only going to be away from the bike for a few minutes, it only takes seconds for a moped to be stolen.
- If you do not have a garage, keep your moped covered. This makes it harder for thieves to see if it is a bike they want and assess the difficulty of stealing it.
- If you park outside, choose a well-lit, conspicuous area, which makes it harder for a person to go unnoticed when attempting to steal the moped.
- In addition to the built-in lock on the moped, use two or more types of locks to anchor it to something immovable. Also, use a disc lock to secure the front brake disc or a grip lock to secure the throttle and brake controls.
- Take pictures of your moped, note any identifying characteristics, and document the vehicle identification number (VIN). If your moped is stolen, providing this information to the police will help the investigation and increase the odds of locating it.
Unfortunately, Pepper said, nothing can guarantee a moped won’t be stolen, but by using multiple security measures, people can make it more difficult and less attractive for thieves.
Anyone with information regarding recent moped theft cases can contact Delaware State Police Troop 7 at 302-644-5020, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.