Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after ten bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last nine weeks.
Incidents within just the last two weeks have included four bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (one on 3rd November and three on 13th November) and another being taken from the Willow Brook Centre (on 6th November).
The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the three month period commencing 1st September 2016.
N.B. All figures quoted relate to incidents that have been reported to the police. The actual number of thefts may be higher due to non-reporting.
A police spokesperson said:
“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked bikes, give us a call straight away. If they’re obviously committing a crime, ring 999. Otherwise, call 101.”
“Permanently marking your bike and any hi-spec parts with your postcode could deter a thief as it means they can be identified as stolen. A good quality lock, securing the bike to an immovable object, can also make them think twice. We’d recommend checking out www.soldsecure.com for locks which have been tested and graded by locksmiths. Be prepared to spend around 10 percent of the value of your bike.”
More advice: Keeping your bike secure (Avon and Somerset Police)
Photo: Bicycle parking at the front of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
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