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Rider critical after stolen bike crash

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A 19-year-old male rider on a stolen motorcycle has been critically injured in a crash with two cars at Granville overnight.

NSW Police say the teenager was riding a stolen Suzuki motorcycle north on Blaxcell St, Granville, about 11pm last night (29 August 2019), when he attempted to overtake two vehicles.

“The motorcycle collided with a concrete island, and then a parked Toyota Yaris, which was then pushed into a Toyota Corolla,” police say.

“The rider was thrown to the roadway, and slid under the Yaris.”

The man was taken by ambulance to Westmead Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition with head and limb injuries.

Subsequent inquiries revealed the motorcycle to be stolen.

Officers from Cumberland Police District continue with inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Here’s how you can protect your bike from being stolen

  • When riding home, make sure you are not being followed.
  • Stay alert for suspicious vans or trucks driving around late at night. These are used to transport stolen motorcycles.
  • Put a cover over your bike. It might slow down thieves and prevent theft of accessories. But make sure it isn’t a flashy lone with the brand name of the bike on it. That only entices thieves.
  • When riding in a group, park your bikes together.
  • Consider marking your bike in a unique way that could aid in recovery and therefore dissuade thieves.
  • At hotels or public parking spaces, try to park in view of parking lot security cameras and lights.
  • Install a motorcycle alarm and/or a hidden kill switch.
  • Buy a GPS tracking system that can track and relay your bike’s speed, location and direction.

However, it should be noted that GPS trackers are now being used to steal bikes!

In the UK, thieves have been stick them on a desired bike and tracking it until it’s in a location and at a time when it is easy to steal.