Police issue bike theft warning

Lincolnshire Police issued a warning to the public yesterday, following a significant rise in the number of stolen bikes reported over the last few days.

On your bike, if you still have it. Lincolnshire police warn bike owners to lock them properly and enrol in its bicycle passport scheme. Photo: Velo Bus Driver via Flickr

On your bike, if you still have it. Lincolnshire Police warn bike owners to lock them properly and enrol in its bicycle passport scheme. Photo: Velo Bus Driver via Flickr

Police say criminals are not only targeting unlocked bikes, but that they now usually carry equipment enabling them to cut through basic bicycle locks. Bicycle owners are advised to invest in a D-Lock. It is also important to secure your bike to a solid structure such as a lamp post or bicycle rack.

Bicycle owners across Lincolnshire are able to have their bicycles electronically tagged at organised bike marking sessions.  The electronic devices enable Lincolnshire Police to trace owners via a national site should they be the victim of bike theft.

Lincolnshire Police have also designed a ‘bicycle passport’ to record the details of your bicycle, which can be used by officers to trace your bicycle, should it be stolen.

If you have been the victim of cycle crime and have not reported details of your bicycle, please ring 101 and give details so that officers can check if yours has been recovered.

Check with your local Neighbourhood Policing Team by ringing 101 or visit www.police.uk to see if there is a property-marking event near you and obtain a free passport to record your bike’s unique details.

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