Police slam holidaymakers after thieves get on their bikes


By Christine Lavelle

TWO unhappy tourists had their motorbikes stolen – leaving them with a loss of over £20,000 – after they were left unsecured in a guesthouse car park.

A grey and silver BMW worth £15,000 and a black Yamaha worth £8,000 were taken from outside the guesthouse on Minto Street, Edinburgh.

Both bikes had Swiss registration plates, and were taken some time between 2.30am and 8am on Tuesday.

Last week another foreign-owned motorcycle parked on Brunswick Road was thieved by two youths.

However, the Suzuki bike – which had also been left without a secure lock – was recovered nearby.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman last night warned motorcyclists to ensure their bikes are fully secured at all times.

He said: “We are appealing for any information that can help us identify who is responsible for these thefts, but at the same time we are warning bike owners – especially those holidaying in Edinburgh – to be on their guard.

“Leaving your bike unsecured is an invitation to thieves, and these thefts serve as an example of what can happen if you do not take the appropriate steps to protect your vehicle.

“In addition to purchasing a good quality padlock and chain, bike owners should always try to secure their vehicle to a fixed and immovable object, for added security.

“Under no circumstances should you leave your bike completely unsecured.”