Help beat the criminals with a free scooter alarm

Steve Laing, of Ace Scooters, Sgt Steve Primmer, Constable Ben Hoeve, Sgt Rocky Scully with Linda Baldock and cadet Lewis Solig. Scooter alarms will be handed out from 8am on November 23 at Bunnings in Edgewater.
Steve Laing, of Ace Scooters, Sgt Steve Primmer, Constable Ben Hoeve, Sgt Rocky Scully with Linda Baldock and cadet Lewis Solig. Scooter alarms will be handed out from 8am on November 23 at Bunnings in Edgewater.

Crime figures showed the number of motorcycles and scooters stolen in WA increased last financial year compared to 2011-12, from 594 to 901 motorcycles and 868 to 1263 scooters.

The figures also show about 55 per cent of motorcycles and scooters were stolen from homes, while another 17 per cent were stolen from car parks.

Commander Charlie Carver said many stolen scooters were never recovered and many were used in crimes.

‘We want to raise public awareness of this as an issue that is contributing to crime in our community,’ Cdr Carver said. ‘Scooter and motorcycle owners can take simple and relatively inexpensive steps to secure their vehicles, which in turn will make it harder for criminals to operate.’

To get a free alarm, the recipients must hold a licence to drive their registered vehicle.

They will also need to take part in a short survey and future research and crime prevention officers will install the alarms on the scooters.

Cdr Carver said the Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council and Bunnings supported the scheme, while Neighbourhood Watch volunteers got the devices ready for installation.