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Motorbike thefts up in 2018

Motorcycles thefts are up 7.3% across Australia in 2018 with many older bikes heading straight to the junk yard for the scrap metal value, says the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. Thefts increased by 597 to a total of 8746 with a recovery rate of just 47%. Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hrambanis says the biggest rises …

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Motorcycle thefts drop in 2017

Motorcycle theft in Australia has recorded a drop of 3.6% in 2017 from 8335 to 8038 and down 3% on five years ago, mainly due to lower demand for motorcycles. It’s good news for motorcyclists, yet it’s only half the drop of total vehicle thefts across the nation in the 12 months to December. Some …

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Braaap future bright, despite charges

Bosses of pocket-sized Braaap Motorcycles say the future is bright despite facing fraud and rebirthing charges. Braaap GM Toby Wilkin, 33, and founder Brad Smith, 29, say they will fight the charges of “rebirthing” 85 motorcycles, brought by the NSW Property Crime Squad. The case was mentioned again in a Sydney court this week and deferred to December 13 for mention …

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Braaap bosses deny rebirthing charges

Fraud and rebirthing charges against the bosses of pocket-sized Braaap Motorcycles have been adjourned until October 13 after a brief mention in a Sydney court yesterday. Braaap GM Toby Wilkin, 33, and founder Brad Smith, 29, deny the charges brought by the NSW Property Crime Squad of “rebirthing” 85 motorcycles. The Government has suspended identification plate approvals for …

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Braaap bosses accused of rebirthing

The bosses of pocket-sized Braaap Motorcycles have been accused of “rebirthing” motorcycles across Australia. Rebirthing is usually associated with using a VIN number from a write-off on to a stolen bike, or creating a new motorcycle out of stolen parts. The vehicles are usually not roadworthy. You can check if your motorcycle is rebirthed by going …

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History of motorcycle crime

An amusing history of motorcycle crime 

History tells us that the first speed camera caused such a fright to the rider that he lost control, veered off the road and demolished the camera, covertly hidden behind a bush. Not much has changed in more than a century of motorcycling! It’s also part of an amusing and enlightening history lesson in motorcycle crime …

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‘Bikie’ laws lead to increased crime

As the deadline approaches at the end of next month for the long-awaited review of Queensland’s consorting laws, or so-called anti-bikie laws, a former detective has shown they are not having the desired effect on organised crime. Queensland Police are asking the government review for the current Vicious Lawless Associates Disestablishment (VLAD) laws to remain …

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Charity bike ride may confuse police

Police may be confused by a Gold Cast charity ride next weekend (November 24). The Rebel FM Can Do In-Law Motorbike Ride for Movember sounds dangerously like an outlaw ride since it includes the name of a declared outlaw motorcycle club. But instead of outlaws, the FM station is asking riders to bring an in-law …

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Crime summit on anti-bikie laws – update

A crime summit to discuss the bikie issue and the new laws rushed into parliament will be held on the Gold Coast tomorrow (October 25). The summit has been organised by the State Opposition, but they claim it is “bipartisan” and have issued the open invitation to anyone who wants to discuss the issue. (IF …

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