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From a police perspective: Operation Yellowfin

This month, Sgt David Lonsdale introduces readers to a brand-new scheme being rolled out in the area, following its success in Hull

Operation Yellowfin has been set up to tackle motorbike crime and ASB, and is being rolled out across the East Riding due to its effective work in Hull.

Op Yellowfin is a positive action campaign which brings together our partners, supporting organisations and the public so we can collect and share information quickly to catch and deter those individuals involved in motorbike crime.

We want everyone who gives information about the theft of motorcycles and stolen bikes, or who reports crimes/anti-social behaviour involving any sort of motorbike (including mopeds and scooters) to quote ‘Yellowfin’ to our call takers and officers. That way we are able to link all motorbike-related crime with the valuable information and intelligence needed to deal with it effectively.

is followed by people contacting us concerning motorbike theft, you are targeting the right area of the police force, and are saving time for both yourselves and us.

Our officers will also support and offer advice to victims of motorcycle crimes and ASB who can be left distressed, out-of-pocket, inconvenienced, and without a means of transport.

You can use our 101 service to give any information to us, or if you want to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity who are not interested in your name or details, just what you know.

Here are a few simple tips on how to keep your bike more secure:

• Always lock your bike with its fork and ignition locks.

• Invest in a secondary quality disc and chain lock.

• Secure your bike to a rail, anchor point or anything solid.

• Where there are no anchor points lock bikes together with your friend’s.

• Fit a quality approved alarm and tracking system.

• Invest in an insurance-approved ID and marking system (e.g. micro dot, DNA marking, acid etching…)

• Park and lock your bike in well-lit busy locations. Try not to leave it in a remote area, especially overnight.

• Cover your bike. It can hide its value and as well as protect it from the weather.

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