Warning for bicycle owners after thefts

Bicycle thefts.
Bicycle thefts.

Cyclists are being urged to securely lock their bicycles away after a recent rise in bicycle thefts in the area.

Although the number of bicycles stolen in the area so far this year has fallen compared to previous years, the nature of the thefts means the police feel the need to reaffirm security messages to the local community.

Sgt Guy Hamlett of Lancaster Police said: “It is very important residents know crime in Lancaster is low, and that theirs is a very safe area to live in.

“However, bicycle thefts are something that we have noticed is starting to become a problem, so we want to make sure residents are doing everything they can to keep their property safe.

“Nearly two thirds of the bicycles stolen recently have been insecure at the time, as they have been kept in an unlocked shed, out in the garden, or have been taken from the street where they’ve not been securely locked to a fixed object, such as a bike stand or railings.

“Therefore, it is important to keep your bicycle securely locked indoors when not in use, and is secured to a fixed point with a strong lock when you are out and about.

“We’ve also noticed recently that thieves are attacking the exterior hinges of doors to gain access to locked sheds.

“Therefore, we would advise bicycle owners, if possible, to ensure that their shed doors have interior hinges, as well as being securely locked.

“Thieves will exploit every possible opportunity, and so, we all have to do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for them.

“Another way of doing this is also by registering your bicycle with the BikeRegister scheme. This is a scheme used by all UK police forces that allows us to search for outstanding stolen bicycles by their serial number.”