POLICE are urging cyclists in Northumberland to stop thieves having an easy ride when it comes to stealing bikes.
The warning comes after a recent rise in the number of cycles that have been stolen throughout the county by thieves.
Figures show that 69 bikes have been stolen since the start of the year and 56 of these had been left unattended and insecure.
Northumberland crime prevention advisor Del Graham said that prevention is the key.
“This time of year we often see a rise in the number of bikes that are reported stolen. The lighter nights and improved weather means more people are out and about on their bikes. And unless cyclists take steps to secure their bike it also means more opportunities for bike thieves,” he said.
“People must protect their bikes or they will be stolen. Always lock your bike when you leave it – even if it is only for a minute.” Store it in a shed or garage where possible and always use a quality padlock or chain to secure your bike.
“Cyclists can register their bikes on www.immobilise.com which is a property register scheme supported by Northumbria Police. They should also consider getting their bike security marked so if it is stolen and recovered it can be returned.
“We run a number of free bike marking events in the county so check the police website for details of one in your area.
“And finally, record the serial number of the bike and photograph it. If it stolen this could really help officers track it down and return it.”
For more information or for any crime prevention advice, contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043.