SCOOTERS and motorcycles are top of some offenders' Christmas crime list, say police.
Officers in Dewsbury are warning that the vehicles are in fashion and particularly tempting to thieves.
Crime prevention and architectural liaison officer Pc Colin Whiteley said: "They are cheaper to buy, insure and run than a car.
"They are also more difficult to secure, compared with a four-wheeled vehicle.
"Usually they will have steering locks fitted as standard.
"While this could possibly stop someone from wheeling them away, it would not prevent them from being lifted on to the back of another vehicle."
He urged owners of scooters and motorcycles to do all they could to protect them from the thieves.
He added: "This may well mean locking the machine to a solid fixed object. There are lots of car parks where cycle fixings are provided.
"Bikes should be secured with a substantial hardened steel chain and lock.
"Also try to leave machines somewhere that is well overlooked and illuminated.
"When parked at home they should be kept well anchored in a locked and alarmed garage or shed."