ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - Round Rock police are warning motorcycle owners to lock it down.
Officers in the city said they've already had 12 stolen bikes reported this year, a faster pace than the 10 taken in 2011 and the 14 stolen last year.
Police say thieves are cruising mostly apartment buildings looking for stray bikes.
"There's a large volume of people who live there and very often you can't park your vehicles in your line of sight," said Lt. Ben Hall of Round Rock Police. "So it gives the crook a little bit of an extra advantage."
They also say thieves often work in teams and case their target is ahead of time.
"A few guys in a big truck and it's real easy to pick a bike up," Hall said. "Roll it up in the back of a truck and be on your way."
But Levi Jones of Woods Fun Center says you have to be a step ahead of the thief. He says old school locks work great, but these days, hi-tech is the way to stop thieves in their tracks.
"It's a GPS based security system," said Jones, pointing to one of his gadgets. "It includes a kill function so if somebody does get your motorcycle, you can kill the ignition from anywhere."
Shops are also on the lookout for bikes with suspicious markings.
"A couple of weeks ago we had a bike in service that the motor and the frame number didn't match," Jones said. "It was a stolen bike from New Mexico or something I think, so the police came and recovered it and took it out of service."
Police aren't sure what's causing the spike in motorcycle crime, but say owners should do their part by locking their bike and keeping it in sight.
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Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
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A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.