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Moped scooters an easy target for thieves

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It seems as though crooks are scooting away with mopeds all over Michiana and experts say that could be because they aren't that hard to steal.

When Greg Bergen got home from work earlier this week he received quite the shock. The lock that held his moped against his porch had been cut by bolt cutters and the scooter was long gone.

Bergen filed a police report, but because the moped didn't have a licence plate, he knows he might never see it again.

"I had a pretty big lock here and they just cut right through it," said Bergen. "I just paid $600 for it not too long ago, but like they said there's nothing I can really do about it."

Now he has to wait around and hope that the scooter is returned and he's not alone. According to police at least 14 mopeds have been stolen in Michiana over the last two weeks, most of which are still missing. The guys at North End Cycle say scooters are an easy target for thieves.

"The ease of how quickly you can grab one and get away with it because they are a smaller vehicle," said Jason Lewis, North End Cycle General Manager. "It's not just trying to lift a 600 pound motorcycle, you're talking about 150-200 pounds. "

Lewis says several moped owners like Bergen make the mistake of leaving their scooters outside. He says while a lock can help, its not a crime deterrent, he believes its also important to keep the moped locked inside.

"Put them in a garage inside, in a shed," said Lewis. "If you can't do that put them in a well lit area. Put them in an area where there's a lot of traffic. You don't want to leave these things outside. That's just inviting someone to come and take them."

Bergen said it would have been nice to know that before his moped was stolen. He says if it ever gets it back, or buys another one, he's definitely locking it in his shed. He also plans on buying a better lock.

"I thought the one that I had was good enough, but I guess not," said Bergen.

Lewis recommended buying a lock that has an alarm on it. Not only are these locks more difficult to break, he said, but they also make a sound that would draw attention to a person stealing a scooter.

For anyone with information on the theft of Greg Bergen's moped, there is a monetary reward for its return, call him at 574-256-8759.

 

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