Police urge bike owners in Grantham to step-up security after increase in thefts
Police are urging bicycle owners in Grantham to consider their bike security after an increase in thefts.
Yesterday a red BMX was stolen from a back garden in College Street at around 1.20pm and a black mountain bike with 'Cube Attention' written on it was taken from the service yard of The George Shopping Centre at about 2pm.
In September Lincolnshire Police launched an operation to increase patrols in the town's bicycle-theft hotspots following a marked increase in stolen bikes.
Most had been taken from the University Court area - Cambridge Street, Oxford Street, College Street - and onto London Road and St Catherine's Road. There were also thefts reported in the town centre at Asda and the Isaac Newton Centre.
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In the light of the recent spate of thefts police are renewing their call for cyclists to invest in good locks and to always use them.
Officers are encouraging bike owners to buy D-Locks instead of combination and chain locks which can be cut relatively quickly with bolt croppers or hack saws.
Cyclists are also being advised to lock bikes to railings in areas with CCTV coverage – and within the range of a camera – as criminals tend to avoid such areas.
Bike owners with quick-release wheels should consider using a secondary chain lock to secure them to the frame and anyone with a quick-release saddle should consider taking it with them when they leave their bike.
Lincolnshire Police recovers hundreds of stolen bicycles every year and one of the main problems is returning them to their owners.
Often when reporting a bike stolen, the victim knows very little about it other than the make and colour.
To make the job of returning stolen property easier, the force is asking owners to have their bicycle marked, keep a note of any serial numbers, take a photograph – and consider registering it with national property register Immobilise.