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Cycle theft prompts police warning

PUBLISHED: 13:31 22 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:09 30 June 2010

CYCLISTS have been reminded to secure their bikes by officers from the South Yarmouth Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The warning follows the theft of a cycle on South Quay on Wednesday last week, between 4pm and 5pm.

CYCLISTS have been reminded to secure their bikes by officers from the South Yarmouth Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The warning follows the theft of a cycle on South Quay on Wednesday last week, between 4pm and 5pm.

The cycle, a black Trax men's mountain bike, had been left unlocked outside a property and when the owner returned they found it had been stolen.

Cycle crime prevention advice includes:

Always lock your cycle - even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes.

Avoid isolated or dimly lit places - leave your bike where a potential thief will be clearly visible.

Don't lock expensive bikes in the same place on a regular basis - so it won't be noticed and stolen to order.

Lock your bike through an immovable object - use a proper bike rack, ground anchor or robust street furniture.

Lock your bike through the frame and secure removable parts.

Make the lock or chain hard to manoeuvre when parked.

Keep the gap between the bike and lock small.

Officers are also advising cycle owners to record and register the cycles make, model and frame number which assists police in returning recovered bikes to their rightful owners.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact PC Tracey Riddell at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 0845 456 4567.

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