Merseyside is again welcoming motorcyclists and racegoers from across the globe in the lead-up to the Isle of Man TT race.
The event, which runs from 29 May to 10 June, sees many racegoers travelling on high-powered motorbikes, staying in Liverpool, before their onward travel via the ferry from Liverpool to the Isle of Man.
Working with local hotels and race organisers, Merseyside Police wants to raise awareness around motorbike thefts and ensure visitors to the city have a safe and enjoyable stay.
Sergeant Garreth Berry said: “We are so pleased to welcome racegoers again, following a break during the pandemic.
“This year we are running a dedicated operation to carry out high-visibility policing at key locations, as well as ensuring visitors to our region are given the right crime prevention advice around safe parking and bike security.
“We want racegoers to come to our city and enjoy what we have to offer. This operation is designed to raise awareness and reassure racegoers that we are deploying resources in the right places to deter and disrupt would-be thieves, ahead of what promises to be a great TT event. Officers will be on the ground, and local businesses and hotels are working alongside us to ensure that CCTV coverage is in place
“Working together, we can ensure that bikes are kept safe and secure in Liverpool, and I can assure people that we will rigorously pursue anyone who attempts to steal any vehicles at this or any time. We understand the distress and inconvenience that vehicle crime has, especially to people who have travelled vast distances, and we will do everything in our power to eradicate such incidents. Spread the word, and ensure your bike is kept as secure as possible.”
Please help us to keep you and your bike safe:
– Use a good quality lock, or two
– Always park in a well-lit area
– If riding in a group – lock your bikes up together
– Don’t park in the same place – vary your parking location
– Consider using a forensic marking system
– Look out for other bikers – if you see someone trying to steal a bike, don’t try to stop them, call 999
– If you see any suspicious activity around a bike, call 101
– If you have any information about motorcycle thefts or crime, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Anyone with information on bike theft is asked to speak to officers, message @MerPolCC, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.