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VIDEO: Warning to Harrogate cyclists

VIDEO: Warning to Harrogate cyclists

Published at 5:20pm 26th May 2016. (Updated at 6:15pm 26th May 2016)

Police are carrying out extra patrols and urging cyclists in Harrogate to improve security, after an increase in bike thefts.

Since the start of April, more than 20 thefts have been reported in the town centre area, with six cases in the last week alone.

The thefts are happening at all times of day and night, and thieves have targeted bikes ranging from a few pounds to a few thousand pounds in value.

Inspector Alex Langley, of Harrogate Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "The advice I would like to offer to cyclists is that parking your bike at the rear of your work premises may be the most convenient for you to get in and out of work - but is it the safest place for your bike?

"Often people feel that because they have bought a cycle lock that means their bike is secure and will not be stolen. Unfortunately, criminals have access to bolt croppers and wire cutters, and locking a bike to a fire escape in an isolated back street or private area only gives criminals more time and freedom to remove your lock and then make off unseen and unheard.

"If possible, always ensure your bike is secured inside a garage or shed, and do not risk leaving it unattended overnight."

Cyclists are being asked to follow these simple crime prevention measures:

  • Always lock your bike when it is unattended.
  • Ensure that you lock is fit for purpose and could not be simply snapped or pulled apart with minimal force.
  • Think about where you are parking your bike. Would a thief be happy spending a few minutes sawing or cutting your lock in this area? If the answer is yes, then maybe you need to move to a more public place.

This video from Safer Harrogate has more top tips:

 

More advice is available at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/cycletheft

Anyone with information about cycle theft is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.