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Don't give bike thieves an easy ride

03 Aug 2015 15:07 PM

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South Tyneside cyclists are being urged to follow crime prevention advice and not give thieves an easy ride.

The warning comes after three recent bike thefts in the Horsley Hill area.

Two thefts happened on Saturday, July 25. Between 4.30pm and 5.55pm, a gold Emmelle bike was stolen from a back garden at an address on Saint Cuthberts Avenue. A grey Kona bike was also stolen after being left unattended outside Horsley Hill Post Office between 4.45pm and 5pm.

The third theft happened between 2.15am and 9am, on Friday, July 31 when a white and red Trek bike was stolen from a roof rack on a vehicle parked on Bamburgh Avenue.

Officers are investigating the three thefts and are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed them or who may know the whereabouts of the bikes.

Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: "Our officers are patrolling to deter and target thieves but we would ask people to please look after their property and not give thieves an easy opportunity.

"We know there are thieves out there looking for unlocked and unattended bikes left outside of houses, shops or in gardens. It only takes thieves seconds to spot such an opportunity and make off with hundreds of pounds worth of equipment.

"People should always lock their bikes if leaving them outside, even for just a few minutes. When at home, store your bike somewhere secure and safe overnight.

"Working together, we can make sure we put the brakes on bike thieves."

For more crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website at http://www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity

People are encouraged to sign up with free national property register www.immobilise.com, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered it can be returned to the rightful owner. It also makes it difficult for thieves to dispose of stolen property and profit from their crimes.

Residents are also urged to report anything unusual or suspicious they see in their community to police, anonymously if necessary, via 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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