‘Keep your bikes locked up’ Dagenham teenager warns after theft

A student is warning residents to cover and securely lock their motorbikes after his �1,000 vehicle was stolen from his back garden.

Thieves took Lee Richardson’ unlocked Husqvarna CH Racing bike from Dagenham Avenue, Dagenham at some point between 9pm on Friday and 6.30am on Saturday.

Lee, 17, said: “My dad discovered it was gone as he was about to leave for work. I’ve only had it a few months and saved up to buy it.

“I didn’t insure it against theft as the insurance is so expensive – �1,000 for a year.

“I think the thieves got access through the neighbour’s garden. I should have locked the bike up but stupidly didn’t that night.”

The Sydney Russell student, who reported the theft to police, says he has heard of other motorbike thefts in the area over the past few weeks.

“I’d definitely recommend people to properly lock up their bike,” he added.

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Lee’s father, Larry, is offering a small reward to anyone who can help reunite the family with the bike.

Barking and Dagenham Police say motorbikes should be stored in a shed or garage and locked to something immovable. Those without a shed or garage should cover the vehicle.

Insp Mark Joyce said: “Motorcycles are valuable and care should be taken when securing them. The less your bike is seen, the less likely it is to attract thieves.

“Even if you park your bike on your own property, make sure that it is well lit. Sensor lights are a good investment that deny thieves the cover of darkness that they need to steal your property. If you value it insure it and secure it.”

Anyone with information on the theft call Barking and Dagenham Police on 020 3275 1045 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.