Police: be aware of stolen bike parts
The Bermuda Police Service is advising members of the public to be aware of re-stamped engine and frame numbers when purchasing a second-hand motorcycle.
There has been an increase in motorcycles being siezed that have had engine and frame numbers re-stamped. These vehicles are then being purchased by by the public.
A Police spokesperson said: “There is no reason for any person to remove a factory serial number printed on the frame and engine from a motorcycle and replace it with a re-stamped number, other than to change the identity of the motorcycle usually as a result of it being stolen.
“When purchasing a second-hand bike motorcycle, the BPS is asking the public to verify the identity of the person selling it – inspect identification and retain a record of the seller's identification — name, address and date of birth.
“Inspect the frame and engine numbers against the TCD issued vehicle registration document. The numbers and letters imprinted on the motorcycle frame and engine should be the same as that recorded by TCD and on the registration document.
“Also, inspect the frame and engine number to ensure they are the factory stamp – the numbers and letters will appear in perfect alignment, will be evenly spaced and the impression left in the stamping will be the same depth throughout.”