DON’T secure a £1,000 bike with a £5 lock – that’s the message from local police as they try to reduce the number of cycle thefts in the area.
“In recent years there has been an increase in the theft of pedal cycles nationally and locally,” said a police spokesperson.
“More than half of the bikes are stolen from the owner’s property.
“Take time to look at where you store your bike and the security devices used.
“Remember, consider the value of your bike then look to spend the appropriate amount of money to protect it.”
Police also advise taking a picture of the bike then recording a full description of it including the make, model, serial number, marks features and accessories.
Check to make sure the bike is covered by house contents insurance or look for specific insurance for it.
At home keep the bike in a secure garage or shed, out of public view and away from prying eyes.
Finally, secure it to an immovable object, an object a bike cannot be lifted over and cannot be broke, cut or removed.
When leaving the bike while out an about lock it in a well-lit, busy area. Look for CCTV coverage and lock ‘tight’ so the bike is hard to manoeuvre when parked.
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