POLICE have recovered two stolen motorbikes while on patrol in Poole.

PCSO's Sam and Kerrie from the Poole Neighbourhood Policing Team made the discovery while patrolling Turlin Moor.

The owners of the motorbikes have been made aware.

Officers warned that it takes a ‘matter of seconds’ for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle.

Posting on social media after the find, Poole Police issued important advice to bike owners, including to ‘lock, chain and cover’.

The force wrote: “Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it being wheeled away.

“Thieves often steal a bike by breaking the steering lock and wheeling it away. Use a chain lock through the back wheel - the front wheel can be removed.

“Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture. This will stop thieves from cutting a lock trailing on the ground using an angle grinder. If this isn’t possible, thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel.

“Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models. Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief.”

The post after the incident on Thursday, November 23, concluded: “Unfortunately, security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen but, by using multiple security measures, you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.”