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Tuesday 7 February 2012

Cyclists warned following spate of bike thefts


Cyclists in Crewe are being offered the chance of having their bicycle security marked for free to help deter bike thieves.

PCSO Nick Jackson said: "We have had a number of thefts of bicycles over the past month and are urging residents to be vigilant and security conscious.

"Its not only expensive bikes which are being targeted by thieves, cheap bikes which you might assume won′t be of interest to offenders are being stolen for their scrap value.

"As a prevention measure I am holding a bike marking event on Saturday so cyclists can have their bike permanently marked with a unique identification code for free. The details will then be registered on a national database − helping police to trace the owner if the bicycle ever gets stolen.

PCSO Jackson is hosting the bike marking event on Saturday 11 February at Sainsbury′s in Eddleston Road, Crewe.

The event will run on between 2pm and 4pm.

PCSO Jackson, of Crewe Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "We would encourage as many members of the local community as possible to come along on the day and have their bicycles security marked."

Police are encouraging anyone who owns a bike to remain security conscious to reduce their chances of being targeted by thieves.

  • Keep your bicycle locked away and out of sight when not in use - ideally in a shed or garage that is fitted with heavy duty locks.
  • If possible fit security lights around the shed area to act as a deterrent.
  • Invest in a good quality bike lock and use it to secure your bike not only when you′re out and about but also while it is in your shed.
  • Do not attach the bicycle to something which could easily be moved or cut and try to leave it in a well-lit area where there are a lot of people around.
  • Report any suspicious activity in your area to police immediately.

Anyone with information about bike theft or suspicious activity should contact police on 101. Alternatively information can be given anonymously on the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.

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