Cyclists in Northwich urged to ensure bikes are kept safe and secure from thieves Date published: 9th August 2017 2.31pm

Cyclists are being urged to ensure their bikes are kept safely secure following a spate of thefts in Northwich.

Since Monday, 31 July officers have received six reports of bikes being stolen after they were left unattended and unsecure in the Northwich town centre area.

PC Alasdair Bett, of Northwich Local Policing Unit, said: “Due to a number of thefts of bikes over the last couple of weeks, we are urging cyclists to be vigilant and take extra security measures to protect their bikes.

“There are various ways people can protect them from being stolen such as keeping it out of view and securely locked away when you’re at home and not leaving them in isolated or dimly lit places.

“Bike marking kits are also an excellent way to make it difficult for thieves to sell the bikes on, enabling officers to identify the owners of the stolen property so it can be easily returned. Seeing a bike with property marking will make it a less attractive target for thieves.”

Following the simple security checks below can go a long way in helping to keep your property safe and free from opportunists.

• Store your bicycle securely at home in a garage or shed or bring it inside your property. Lock or chain bicycles together or to something fixed or bulky as this reduces the ability for them to be stolen.
• Consider fitting a shed alarm and improve the exterior lighting around your home to deter offenders.
• Property mark your bicycle(s) frames using an ultraviolet pen or other form of property marking, to enable it to be returned to you should it be stolen and recovered.
• Always lock the building where the bicycle is stored using a good quality lock that can be bolted to the door and frame. Use disc lock padlocks which have a less exposed shackle and are less prone to attack.
• Park your bicycle in a safe, well-lit place. Always lock your bike when leaving it, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
• Secure your bike including frame and wheels to a fixed immovable object such as a bike rack or lamp post using a good quality bicycle lock.
• Keep a note of the make, model and serial number and if possible take a photograph.

Anyone who may have any information about bikes being stolen should contact Cheshire Police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.