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Northumbria: Cyclists urged to step up security

September 17, 2012, 1:18 pm

Cyclists are being asked to consider their bike security following a series of thefts in the Teams and Dunston areas.

Thieves have been smashing locks off sheds and making off with various bicycles – no one kind is being targeted.

Neighbourhood Policing Team Sergeant Jeff Purves said: “Wed urge owners to take more precautions in securing their property and to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

“Increasing the level of security you have will put thieves off and help keep your property secure.”

Police are advising cyclists to take some simple security measures:

·        Lock your bike securely whenever you leave it, even for a short time and even when it’s in a garage or shed.
·        Use good quality bike locks. 
·        Lock the bike through the frame as well as the wheels and other removable parts. If possible secure it to an anchor in the building floor.
·        If your bike is kept in a shed, use a good quality close shackled lock and a hasp and staple secured with coach bolts on the door.
·        Lock away items which could help someone steal your bike and lock any gates leading to a shed or garage.
·        Make a note of any identifying manufacturer’s name, marks or serial numbers and take a photograph of the bike so if it is stolen and later recovered it can be identified.
·        Get it security marked – it will be less attractive to thieves and if it does get stolen, then recovered, it will be easier for the police to return it to you.
·        Register your bike with the Property Recording Service on our website at

Sgt  Purves added: “Shed alarms can be bought relatively cheaply and act as an excellent deterrent.

“I’d urge anyone with information on any shed burglaries or who spots any suspicious activity in their area to contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.”

Further crime prevention advice is available through the Northumbria Police website

Anyone with any information about any shed burglary or bicycle theft should contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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