Rise in cycle thefts in Wetherby area

POLICE are warning cyclists to take extra measures to secure their property.

A Wetherby force spokesman said the past few months have seen an increase in the theft of cycles, ranging from children’s cycles left out overnight in gardens to burglaries of sheds and garages to steal high value mountain types, some valued in excess of £3,000.

“Firstly look at the security of your shed and garage,” warned the spokesman.

“Often thousands of pounds worth of property is contained in sheds and garages, secured with a £2 padlock or in some cases no lock at all.

They added that it was worth extending the house alarm to cover the garage.

“Secure your bikes within the garage or shed using a Sold Secure standard ‘D’ shackle or chain, preferable fixed to the concrete floor or an immovable object.

“Use blinds or curtains at any windows to stop prying eyes.”

Police advice is that property should be marked with post code and house number which can be done with a UV pen or by labelling the bike with details, maybe inside the frame or seat post.

“Consider using an approved cycle register database to record details of your bike and keep a copy of all your bikes details, frame numbers etc.

“Take photographs and record details of any accessories.

“Don’t make it easy for the thief to take your bike.”

For further Crime Reduction information please contact the Crime Reduction Officer at your local Police Station on 0845 60 60 606.

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