Gas Prices Could Be Behind Rise In Motorcycle, Scooter Thefts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Higher gas prices appear to be to blame for a sudden surge in the theft of motorcycles and scooters. Police are taking note of the increase.
Over the past year, Tom Ward has faced tough times and several challenges at A-1 Funcycles.
His motorcycle and scooter business is on North First Street, an area submerged in seven feet of water last year by Mother Nature.
"A lot of people thought we went out of business and we actually got right back on top of it when the water receded," said Ward.
Now, he's facing another challenge, but this one is caused by people. There have been several break-ins and burglaries at the shop.
There's a pretty good chance that some of this might have something to do with the higher gas prices. It may be just a coincidence but as gas prices have gone higher so have the number of break-ins.
With all the locked gates and fences it would seem like a difficult place to burglarize. But with some scooters getting up to 100 miles per gallon the temptation to steal one may be too much for a thief to ignore.
"You can't find a car that gets 50 or 60 miles," said one customer.
Ward's customers shake their heads over the price of gasoline.
"Well, you're talking to the right man because I was in the service station business for 35 years and it's a rip off is exactly what's going on it's a rip off," said another customer.
Ward has been working with Metro Police to improve security.
"The security systems have been upgraded three times. And we do have extra security and some patrol security going on so we do feel we've got a handle on what's happening," Ward continued.
It would mean one less headache as his business continues to recover from last year's flood.
Metro Police said they're trying to help. They've been checking on the business several times during the night.