Cyclists warned after 31 bikes stolen in the past three months

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Bike owners in St Albans are being warned to be on their guard after 31 bikes have been stolen in the past three months.

The St Albans central, north and west safer neighbourhood team has increased both overt and covert patrols, made arrests and issued crime prevention advice at neighbourhood surgeries and other events as a result of rising thefts.

St Albans neighbourhood sergeant Ann-Marie Owen said: "There is no particular pattern or trend, the thefts are occurring all over the district with expensive, insecure bikes mostly being targeted." 

On Friday August 29, a man’s specialized black mountain bike was stolen from a garden in Leyland Avenue between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

On Wednesday, August 27, an silver boys BMX bike was stolen from Verulanium Park between 4pm and 4.15pm.

Sergeant Owen added: "Bicycles are being taken out of gardens and we would ask people to keep their bikes well out of sight at home, in a secure garage or shed or even inside. If you are using a ‘D lock’, make sure you attach it to the bike high up on the frame as we have had cases where the locks are being smashed open on the ground.

"We are also asking everyone to report any suspicious activity. Many thieves carry equipment to cut through locks, so if you see anyone behaving suspiciously please report it with as much detail as you can."

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact the St Albans Central, North and West Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

 

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9:43am Thu 4 Sep 14

mikex says...

Choose a good lock;they are security graded so choose a Sold Secure Gold. It will cost £60 pllus but this is a good investment compared to the time and hassle of replacing a stolen bike.

Always lock your bike when you leave it, even if you are just going into a shop for a minute.

Have a cheap bike to ride around town.

If possible choose somewhere public to park- within cctv range is useful.

Lock your bike to a solid object through the frame and back wheel. Don't use a pole which theives can lift the bike over, keep the lock above the ground and fill the gap as much as possible to restrict levering. If your front wheel is a quick release lock that up too. Take off anything removable including lights. You can get extra protection using two locks, which is useful for commuters if you can store the locks at the far end.

Lock your bikes at home, using a ground or wall anchor if you have nothing secure to lock to.

Autumn is here now, so don't forget your lights!
Choose a good lock;they are security graded so choose a Sold Secure Gold. It will cost £60 pllus but this is a good investment compared to the time and hassle of replacing a stolen bike. Always lock your bike when you leave it, even if you are just going into a shop for a minute. Have a cheap bike to ride around town. If possible choose somewhere public to park- within cctv range is useful. Lock your bike to a solid object through the frame and back wheel. Don't use a pole which theives can lift the bike over, keep the lock above the ground and fill the gap as much as possible to restrict levering. If your front wheel is a quick release lock that up too. Take off anything removable including lights. You can get extra protection using two locks, which is useful for commuters if you can store the locks at the far end. Lock your bikes at home, using a ground or wall anchor if you have nothing secure to lock to. Autumn is here now, so don't forget your lights! mikex
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