CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thieves have their eye on a big ticket item as bike week nears, motorcycles.
Auto theft detectives tell NewsChannel 36 they're seeing an unprecedented spike in the number of stolen bikes.
“It’s more than usual,” says the head of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s auto theft division, Sergeant Rich Tonsberg.
Motorcycles and scooters are being reported as stolen across the city of Charlotte.
“I’ve never really seen quite the spike like we’ve had before,” Tonsberg said.
In south Charlotte, mostly at apartment complexes, NewsChannel 36 found reports of six stolen in just the last four weeks. Police say there were four stolen in the university area last weekend.
The bikes are almost always taken late at night and almost always from apartment complexes where it can be hard to secure them.
Tonsberg says, “We’ve had people snatch them up, put them in the back of trucks...”
The motivation police say:
“Bike weeks are coming up down in Florida and Myrtle Beach and right before it we end up getting a spike in motorcycle thefts.”
In order to prevent thefts, police suggest investing in a sturdy lock to make harder for thieves.
“A lot of these times if these thieves see it really difficult to steal they’ll move on, so if everybody had top of the line security systems that would help us a lot,” said Tonsberg.