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APD watching for motorcycle theft during R.O.T. Rally

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The Austin Police Department will have several initiatives going on this weekend to keep attendees of the Republic of Texas Rally, and drivers, safe this weekend.

Motorcycles will be upfront and present this weekend around Austin, and authorities realize they make good targets for potential thieves. Because of this, undercover officers will be out among the crowds looking for anyone suspicious who might be trying to steal motorcycles.

"We will be looking for suspicious people who might be loitering around motorcycles, loading them into trailers, putting themselves with motorcycles where they don't fit," said Detective Earl Bolls, with the Austin Police Department.

Detective Bolls also told FOX 7 that if you can deter a thief for about 90 seconds it is likely they will move onto another target, so rally attendees should consider covering their motorcycles.

According to authorities, most motorcycle thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.

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