Help break cycle of bike thefts - police urge

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With a wave of bicycle thefts sweeping the city in recent weeks, police in Derry have urged owners to secure their bikes properly and say that too many bicycles are left unattended and unsecured.

Crime Prevention Officer Mandy McCrea said yesterday, “Owners need to realise that it only takes a few seconds to steal a bicycle so it is important that cyclists make full use of bicycle locks, and secure their bikes properly to a permanent fixture every time they leave it unattended.”

“In addition to keeping a record of any damage, owners should always keep details of the make, model, and serial numbers and should also indelibly mark their bike with their post code and house number.

“This will enable police to identify the owner should your bicycle be stolen and recovered.”

Anyone who has any information regarding the theft of bicycles is asked to contact the police at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000 or ‘Crimestoppers’ anonymously on freephone 0800 555111.