Keep an eye on your bike
The past few weeks has seen a big increase in the number of people taking to social media to plea for information about stolen bikes in Newbury.
Here are just some of the incidents:
Burglary - Racecourse Road Newbury
Between 8/8 and 10/8 offender(s) entered a communal parking area and stole two cycles – a blue/silver Apollo and a bright orange child's cycle. If you have any information, please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43200247441)
Theft - Bartholomew Street Newbury
Between 10am and 3pm 10/8 offender(s) stole a green mountain bike (calibre orange writing) by cutting the lock securing the cycle to a rack. If you have any information, please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43200247851)
Theft - Market Place Newbury
Between 7pm and 9pm 10/8 offender(s) stole a white/blue/red Carerra Kraken mountain cycle which had been left chained to a cycle rack. If you have any information, please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43200248190)
Theft - Northbrook Street Newbury
Between 2pm and 9pm 9/8 offender(s) stole a purple Norco Atomic cycle from Northbrook Street, Newbury. If you have any information, please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43200247177)
Theft - Northcroft Lane
Between 12.30pm and 2pm on 04/08, offender(s) stole a black Rockrider ST 520 mountain bike and a Giro cycle helmet which was left secure in Northcroft Lane, Newbury. If you have any information, please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43200240971).
Thames Valley Police have shared ten ways to help prevent anyone taking your bike
1. Register it
Get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister. It’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they will be arrested.
2. Record it
Remember to record details of your bike such as the frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), the BikeRegister number plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
3. Double-lock it
It can take thieves as little as few seconds to cut through some locks, so use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock.
4. Lock the lot
Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.
5. Secure it
Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.
6. Remove the removable bits
Take parts that are easy to remove with you. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.
7. Park secure
Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
8. Remember safety begins at home
Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street.
9. Check ownership
Ask for proof of ownership and check the bike frame number on the Bike Checker at BikeRegister.
10. Act fast
If your bike has been stolen, contact the Police as soon as possible (you can report a crime online). Give us your frame number, BikeRegister number, a photo and any other details and make sure you update the status on BikeRegister. The sooner we know, the sooner we can act, which might stop it being sold on.