Beds Police are urging cyclists to take extra precautions when locking up their bikes to ensure that they don’t become the victim of crime.
Since September there has been a surge in bike thefts in Dunstable and Houghton Regis with 48 being stolen. The Local Policing Team is encouraging all cyclists to follow some simple advice:
>Park your bicycle safely and considerately, where it will not cause danger or obstruction to others, particularly the elderly, the very young and those who are disabled in some way.
> Don’t leave your bike in isolated, poorly-lit areas.
> Always lock your bike when you leave it, even if it’s only for a few minutes while you pop into a shop.
> Use proper cycle anchors or robust street furniture, such as trees, parking meters, lampposts or railings (but do observe requests not to use them) to secure your bicycle against. If provision is inadequate, bring this to the attention of your local authority or property owner.
> Lock your bike through the frame.
> Lock the wheels and other detachable parts.
> Remove any smaller parts which cannot be secured and take them with you when you can, especially lights and quick-release saddles.
A Beds Police spokesman said: “There are many different products on the market and price is not necessarily a reliable indicator of quality and resistance against thieves.
“You should look for products that have been tested against attack. Read the packaging carefully and ask the retailer for advice.
If you have information relating to bicycle crime or have been offered either of the bikes in the picture above, contact Beds Police, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.
Or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.