POLICE have issued a warning following an increase in motorbike and moped thefts in the Thames Valley.

Bike owners are encouraged to utilise several 'security measures' to make their vehicles less attractive to thieves, including securing them with locks and a cover.

The warning explains how thieves often 'shop' for particular models.

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Last month, two motorbikes were stolen from a Witney shed, with their owner offering a cash reward for their return.