Lock up your bikes - police warning after village thefts

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 September 2013

Police warn people to lock up their bikes after a spate of thefts.

Police warn people to lock up their bikes after a spate of thefts.

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A BIKE thief has been targeting cyclists in Claverham and Congresbury and police are warning people to make sure they invest in proper locks for their bicycles.

The first bike was stolen from outside Cadbury House in Congresbury on September 10 and the second was taken from outside Claverham Village Hall, Bishops Road, two days later.

Beat manager, PC Paul Morris, who is based at Clevedon Police Station said: “On both occasions, bolt croppers were used to cut through the locks, which may mean the incidents are linked.

“The bike taken from Claverham was a white Felt road bike with dropped handle bars and we’d like to speak to anyone who has seen this bike being ridden in the area.

“Also in connection with the incident in Claverham, a witness described seeing a white male, of slim build, in his 20s, wearing a black hoody and blue jeans, running away with a bike.

“We would of course be very keen to speak to this person in connection with our enquiries.”

The Claverham theft happened at around 8pm, while the owner was attending a function in the hall.

Police have also had reports of cyclists being followed home by thieves and are warning people to be vigilant.

PC Morris added: “The best way not to get your bike stolen is not to scrimp on a lock – spending around 10 per cent of the value of the bike is a good guide.

“Avoid cable-style locks and don’t buy a lock with a combination. Buy locks that have achieved the Sold Secure or Thatcham award.

“Also, registering your bike on Bike Register or Immobilise, making a note of its serial number and taking a photo of your bike and any unique part of it, could all help us to trace it if it’s stolen.

“If you ride at Ashton Court or Leigh Woods then keep your eyes peeled as we’ve had reports that thieves may follow cyclists home and steal bikes which are not then properly secured in people’s garages, houses or sheds.”

Anyone with information about the bike thefts is asked to call 101 and ask to speak to PC Morris at Clevedon Police Station.

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