A campaign is being launched to make owners of motorcycles and scooters more security conscious. A total of 28 machines have been stolen from throughout North Devon and Torridge since April. Forty-five per cent of them have been taken from Ilfracombe. Par

A campaign is being launched to make owners of motorcycles and scooters more security conscious.A total of 28 machines have been stolen from throughout North Devon and Torridge since April. Forty-five per cent of them have been taken from Ilfracombe.Particularly affected has been the Devon Wheels 2 Work not-for-profit company, which has had five machines stolen.Max Jowett, who manages the county council-backed company, said: "You could count on the fingers of one hand over the past eight years the number of times we have had bikes stolen, but now I am running out of fingers."Devon Wheels 2 Work lends machines for six months to people over 16 who find it hard to get to and from work or training because of a lack of transport.The company has 100 machines, which are checked regularly to make sure they are kept in a safe and reliable condition."But each time one is stolen, we don't get enough money back from insurance to cover the cost of a replacement," said Mr Jowett, who runs Wheels 2 Work from its base at Halwill Junction.Now he is working with the police to make people who borrow his scooters more security aware.Crime prevention officer Donna Woolway said: "Motorbikes and scooters are an easy target for thieves if they are not secured and can be wheeled away or bundled into a van in seconds."Basically, the more security you can put around your bikes, the less attractive they will be to thieves."No single product can cover all possibilities, but if you invest in both mechanical and electronic security devices, you will reduce the risk of becoming a victim of theft."Always look for products recommended by Thatcham, or Sold Secure."Paul White, one of the Motorcycle Patrol Officers in North Devon will be holding an event for Devon Wheels 2 Work hirers in the autumn to pass on some security and road safety advice.