Tuesday, March 10, 2009,
Police are encouraging cyclists to lock up their bikes after a spate of thefts in Bath.
Thieves have been breaking into sheds in Oldfield Park and Twerton and taking the bikes from inside.
Police say they have seen an increased number of incidents in the last few months and are encouraging residents to use adequate locks on their sheds.
They said bikes which had been locked together in pairs had still been taken.
PCSO Martyn Newman said: "The advice we would give to people is to be as careful as possible.
"Ensure locks on sheds are adequate and should be bolted rather than screwed on if appropriate.
"Also you should ensure locks on bikes are adequate, and where possible either keep the bike in the house or lock it to an immovable object."
He also suggested taking a photograph of the bike as well as recording information such as the frame number, which is often found between the pedals.
He said: "As a police force we recover many bikes we believe to be stolen, but we are unable to identify them therefore cannot return them to their rightful owners."
If anyone has any information or sees anyone acting suspiciously contact Bath police on 0845 4567000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
(Reproduced from the Bath Chronicle)
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