Off-road unregistered motorcycles on rise in Rockingham says South Metro Community Engagement Unit


Sergeant Terry Shelton with Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Campbell with a bike recently seized from the Rockingham area which is believed to be stolen.
Sergeant Terry Shelton with Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Campbell with a bike recently seized from the Rockingham area which is believed to be stolen.

THE number of off-road unregistered motorcycles doing as they please on residential streets is concerning Rockingham residents, according to South Metro Community Engagement Unit Sergeant Paul Trimble.

Sgt Trimble hopes community members will report the addresses where these bikes are frequenting.

“These motorcycles are often stolen and used to commit further offences in the area,” Sgt Trimble said.

“With the assistance from the community we are hoping to see an increase in the amount of people charged and recover some of these stolen bikes.”

Sgt Trimble said there has been a recent increase in these riders becoming involved in accidents.

“We have seen an increase in the amount of riders engaging in behaviour where they, or some innocent road user, are involved in serious traffic crashes which often results in someone receiving permanent injuries or even death,” he said.

Sgt Trimble cited a recent case where members of the public had made a report that led to an arrest.

“An example of the community reporting suspicious activity, and having an impact was seen this week, when police were informed of a male riding an off-road trail bike with a machete strapped to his back,” Sgt Trimble said.

“As a result of this information police patrols were deployed to the area.

“With the assistance of the Police Airwing, the man was sighted and tracked through Rockingham and surrounding areas for approximately an hour, until the male rider dumped the bike at the Rockingham Shopping Centre.

“He was chased on foot through the centre and apprehended a short time later by the Rockingham local policing team.”

The man was charged with seven offences, including weapons charges and breaching bail.

“Without the community’s information the arrests would not have taken place,” Sgt Trimble said.

Reports can be made at 131 444 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.