Is it just a coincidence that PCC are planning on removing even more prominent cycle parking with the Long Causeway works? Bridge St parking has already been shunted out of sight onto Wentworth St making it ideal for cycle thieves to operate without being challenged.
Five were left unsecured in streets or gardens. Eight bikes were taken from unsecured garages and sheds. The thefts were in spite of warnings by police in the past, Detective Inspector Gary Etherington claimed people were still not taking security seriously enough. "We are conducting extra patrols in areas affected and we are working hard to catch those responsible for these thefts. However, it is important that cyclists take as many precautions as possible to prevent themselves becoming a victim.
"Some bikes taken have not been locked up and two valued at over £1000 each were in a locked shed. The question is, would you keep the equivalent amount of cash in a garden shed, even if it did have a padlock on it?
"I would guess most people would say no, so I would encourage people to consider how secure their bike actually is. A valuable bike should be stored in a building that is strong and secure and, if possible, locked to ground security anchors.
"There will also be many people giving and receiving bikes for Christmas so I would urge them to consider where it will be stored now and after Christmas Day. Our advice would be to photograph them, record serial numbers and register them on online property database Immobilise.
"This way, if they are stolen or even lost and then recovered, there is a lot better chance of the bike being returned and, for us, a lot better chance of someone being held to account."
This week, as part of the Get Close to Christmas campaign, officers are delivering crime prevention cards promoting Immobilise to major retailers, including Halfords, to hand out to people buying goods.
Officers are also urging anyone who has been offered a cheap bicycle for sale to report any suspicions.
To reduce the risk of having a bike stolen, police are offering the following advice:
* Always lock it up, wherever it is being left, and use at least a good quality D-lock, although two different locks are best.
* Lock your bike to a cycle rack, in a busy area, that is well lit makes it much safer than leaving it with the lock through the frame, but not attached to anything.
* Park your bike where everyone can see it - other people will also see if someone is trying to steal it
* Don't leave your bike in the same place every day
* Lock 'tight' so that your bike is hard to move around when parked
* Lock both wheels and the frame to a bike stand or other immoveable object and fill the lock with as much of the bike as possible, or a thief may steal the bike and leave the wheels behind. Also, make sure the post can't be cut through or the bike lifted off it
* Locks can be picked, so face the lock to the ground (but not resting on it) so it can't easily be turned upwards for picking
* Take with you any items that can be removed without tools such as wheels, lights, pump and the saddle.
Anyone with information about bike theft, call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. If a crime is taking place, call 999.
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