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Motorcycle thefts on the rise in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is warning motorcyclists about a recent rise in motorcycle thefts.

Greg Buelow, the Public Safety Communications Coordinator for Cedar Rapids, says nine motorcycles have been stolen since May 7 and they have primarily been on the west side of the city.

Buelow says of the nine motorcycles stolen, seven have been sport bikes and two have been Harley-Davidson's. Most were taken between the hours of Midnight and 4:30 a.m.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has the following theft prevention tips:

- Park your motorcycle in a well-lit area and lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can't be easily dismantled.
- If parking in a garage, block your bike with automobiles, close the garage door and make sure that it is locked.
- Park your motorcycle in view of an outdoor security camera, if possible.
- Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.
- Lock your ignition and remove the key. Most motorcycle thefts occur when the ignition is off, but not locked.
- Lock the forks or disc brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags.
- Be sure to mark and photograph your motorcycle so if thieves steal your bike, the unique markings and photographs can be shared with law enforcement.

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