Police appeal after bike stolen from leisure centre

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Police appeal after bike stolen from leisure centre Police appeal after bike stolen from leisure centre

The police are appealing for witnesses after a mountain bike was stolen in St Albans.

The green bike was stolen from Westminster Lodge Sport Centre between 8pm and 10pm on Holywell Hill last on Thursday March 20.

Hertfordshire Constabulary said the offender(s) cut through the chain.

Anyone who saw the theft of has any information is asked to contact PC Ben Kirby non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number F1/14/932. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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9:50am Thu 27 Mar 14

fight rates says...

Surely the Police should look at CCTV images of the offense? After our wonderful tennis & Bowls center at Batchwood was burnt down by vandals. I would have thought that CCTV was essential at the new Westminster Lodge to protect both the building & customers property?
Surely the Police should look at CCTV images of the offense? After our wonderful tennis & Bowls center at Batchwood was burnt down by vandals. I would have thought that CCTV was essential at the new Westminster Lodge to protect both the building & customers property? fight rates
  • Score: 3

1:15pm Fri 28 Mar 14

mikex says...

Agreed, but the quality of bike locks and the way bikes are locked up are big factors. Simply put, don't trust a cheap bike lock to protect your bike from theives.

Buy a decent lock- prefereably a D lock- sold with a Gold security weighting- check soldsecure.com for reviews and listings. These locks aren't cheap, but neither is your bike or the hassle of reporting and replacing it. Lock your bike up properly through the frames and rear wheel in a way where it can't be lifted off and place your lock so that it is hard for theives to get space to attempt to lever it off or break it. Lastly, take off lights and if you have a quick release front wheel make sure you're locked though that too.

Hopefully the bike will be recovered soon and the thief prosecuted.
Agreed, but the quality of bike locks and the way bikes are locked up are big factors. Simply put, don't trust a cheap bike lock to protect your bike from theives. Buy a decent lock- prefereably a D lock- sold with a Gold security weighting- check soldsecure.com for reviews and listings. These locks aren't cheap, but neither is your bike or the hassle of reporting and replacing it. Lock your bike up properly through the frames and rear wheel in a way where it can't be lifted off and place your lock so that it is hard for theives to get space to attempt to lever it off or break it. Lastly, take off lights and if you have a quick release front wheel make sure you're locked though that too. Hopefully the bike will be recovered soon and the thief prosecuted. mikex
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Mon 31 Mar 14

mikex says...

I went swimming at Westminster Lodge on Saturday and locked my bike up in the racks where the bike was stolen. I read the notice about the stolen bike mentioned in the story and had a look at the other bikes locked up to the racks. Almost all of the other bikes locked up there were insecurely locked- one wasn't locked to the bike rack, another was locked only around the saddle and a third locked with a puny cable lock which could easily have been cut with a pair of wire cutters. All of these bikes could have been stolen in less than 30 seconds. Only two other bikes apart from mine was locked properly.

If you want to keep your bike, buy a good lock and use it properly- don't make it easy for the thieves.

There's a good video here https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=r6xnkEkP
2WY

and an instructive web page here http://lifehacker.co
m/5942301/the-proper
-way-to-lock-your-bi
cycle/all
I went swimming at Westminster Lodge on Saturday and locked my bike up in the racks where the bike was stolen. I read the notice about the stolen bike mentioned in the story and had a look at the other bikes locked up to the racks. Almost all of the other bikes locked up there were insecurely locked- one wasn't locked to the bike rack, another was locked only around the saddle and a third locked with a puny cable lock which could easily have been cut with a pair of wire cutters. All of these bikes could have been stolen in less than 30 seconds. Only two other bikes apart from mine was locked properly. If you want to keep your bike, buy a good lock and use it properly- don't make it easy for the thieves. There's a good video here https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=r6xnkEkP 2WY and an instructive web page here http://lifehacker.co m/5942301/the-proper -way-to-lock-your-bi cycle/all mikex
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