CYCLISTS are being warned about an increase in bike thefts in Darlington.
Police say opportunistic thieves have been taking advantage when bikes have been left insecure in public places, or being left in gardens or yards.
From February 1 to May 14 this year, 77 bike theft offences were recorded in Darlington, with 49 of them taken after being left insecure.
Officers are urging people to invest in a good quality lock to secure bikes both in public places and while at home, as 41 bikes were taken from a garden or a yard.
Inspector Mick Button said: “Darlington is one of these places where a lot of people ride bikes. What we want is for the community to make it more difficult for people to take their bikes.
“If you’ve got an expensive bike, don’t use a flimsy lock to secure it. People should mark their bikes, record the frame number and never leave it insecure.
“If you are going to put it in a shed, make sure you have got a secure shed.”
For more information on how to secure your bike, visit bikeregister.com
(Reproduced from The Northern Echo, 19th June)
Gardien Comment: see also the article on Bike Security at http://www.garden-security.co.uk/bike-security-print.htm