Raising the alarm in bid to increase scooter security

Police will this week hand out hundreds of alarms for scooters across the metropolitan area in an effort to raise security awareness.

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

They need to bring their registration papers and licence, participate in a short survey and provide details so they can participate in future research.

Crime figures show motorcycle and scooter thefts significantly contributed to a rise in the total number of motor vehicles stolen in WA in the 2012/13 financial year. Of the 8486 motor vehicles stolen in WA, 901 were motorbikes and 1263 were scooters.

Crime prevention officers will be on hand to install the alarms on the spot.

The devices are only suitable for scooters.

The scooter alarms will be handed out from 8am on Saturday, November 23 at Bunnings Rockingham, at the corner of Patterson Road and Pedler Circuit.