Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota Police are investigating numerous scooter thefts between January and April 2013 in the area south of USF Sarasota-Manatee and New College of Florida.
Investigators say the most of the thefts have occurred in the residential areas east of N. Tamiami Trail, between 18th Street and Mecca Drive, during the morning hours when the scooters or mopeds have been parked in front of homes.
The thieves will reportedly break the lock, take it with them and push the scooter away -- leaving no evidence at the scene.
Police are encouraging residents in the area to report any suspicious activity to (941) 316-1201.
In the meantime, authorities say to lock up your scooter, moped or small motorcycle to a non-movable object with a thick, strong chain or cable. The weaker the cable or chain, the easier it is to cut and remove.
Parking the scooter inside your garage or locked under your carport is preferred. It is recommended that you use the steering column lock if one is provided on the scooter.
A scooter alarm, which deters the thief once the scooter is touched or moved, can be purchased as well as disc brake locks and grip locks. The more layers of theft protection on the scooter, the less likely the scooter will be stolen.