Friday, August 10, 2012

Scooter Apocalypse! Every Year we see this story

Every year we see the same story and only in America can we make something so ridiculous mainstream news.

The Scooter Maven Says Buy a Lock!
 Then again my Scooter Doctor character has spoken about this several times.

I love the part where the newscaster says this is grand theft auto, technically it is. However, most judges in Florida will dismiss the case if the scooter isnt worth more than $600. So make sure no matter what you tell the court its a thousand dollar or more vehicle. The judge might not think its a vehicle if you tell him you purchased a 50cc $350 scooter. If someone steals at Tao Tao or Peace good luck to them, probably wont make it to far, but its a social tragedy when I hear an $3,000 Aprilia or Kymco got stolen.

TAMPA, Florida -- As gas prices around the Tampa Bay area again creep closer to the $4 mark, a crime trend is rising along with them. 
Hillsborough County deputies say scooter thefts have soared since January, around the first time this year the pain at the pump increased.
Mike Ferguson knows how frustrating it can be. A few weeks ago he woke up to find his only mode of transportation, his scooter, had vanished. It left him with no way to get to work.
"At first it was shock.  I couldn't believe that it happened," Ferguson described.
Despite overall crime being down 5.5% in the first part of 2012, Hillsborough deputies say scooter and motorcycle thefts are up 10%.More than 30 have been ripped off from the northern part of the county alone.
Investigators say they're being taken from apartment complexes, strip malls, even front porches. They tell 10 News the thieves are mostly teens or young adults using them to joyride or as transportation.
"They are a target of opportunity.  They are smaller, so not a lot of people are looking out for folks trying to mess around with scooters and take them," said Cpl. Doug White, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say locks and alarms are available for less than $100.
In a shopping center, they advise to look for surveillance cameras and park near them.Also, they say it's important to register a scooter, so it's much easier to track down if it gets stolen.
Deputies have placed several electronic message boards around the county to warn drivers of the trend.
"Most of these, if not all so far that we've experienced this year, are preventable," said Lt. Rick Jahnke, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
In Ferguson's case, his ride was returned, thanks to some good police work. But not without $800 in damage.
"I would say definitely get some security measures," he cautioned.
Deputies say they have made a handful of arrests. Because of the value, they say stealing a scooter is considered grand theft auto.

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