Keep your bike safe CYCLISTS are being.
Police have received numerous reports of bikes being stolen from sheds, garages, gardens and bike racks after they were left unattended or not properly secured.
Officers held a series of marking and crime prevention events and are now reminding cyclists to stay alert.
Det Chief Insp Jim Hetherington, said: "On some occasions the bikes have been left insecure in an unlocked shed or garage, or lying in the garden or propped against a wall.
"I'd like to urge people to ensure their bike is safe and secure at all times, either kept in a locked place or secured using a specialist lock. Even if a bike is left unlocked in the street for a matter of minutes, opportunist thieves can take advantage."
Officers have however been able to recover some stolen bike and make arrests."
A stolen bike was spotted on Newcastle's West Road at around 9am on Monday and a 17-year-old was arrested for receiving stolen goods.
And on July 26 police caught a man trying to remove the lock on a bike at Neville Street in the city centre. A 26-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with attempted theft of a pedal cycle.
Then at around 9pm on Monday, July 27, a man was arrested after being spotted riding a stolen pedal bike at Spencer Street. A 24-year-old man was charged with handling stolen goods.
Det Chief Insp Hetherington added: "We've stepped up patrols in key areas at key times, are monitoring CCTV across the city and carrying out a number of operations to deter opportunist bike thieves and target offenders."
WARNING: DCI Jim Hetherington
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Aug 8, 2009|
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