Warning to keep bikes locked after Yarmouth robberies

PUBLISHED: 16:18 10 December 2010

POLICE in Great Yarmouth have issued a “lock it or lose it” warning to cyclists following recent thefts.

On Tuesday, a silver BMX bike was stolen after being left unlocked outside Gorleston library on Lowestoft Road between 4.50pm and 5pm.

Meanwhile, overnight on Sunday two BMX bikes were stolen from the front garden of a property on Lichfield Road, Great Yarmouth.

Sgt Craig Miller, from the South Yarmouth SNT, said: “While cyclists may only leave their bikes for a few minutes we would urge owners to make sure they always lock cycles and never leave them unattended.

By taking simple steps you can reduce to the chance of becoming a victim.”

Additional crime prevention advice offered by Norfolk Police includes:

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

If yours is a very expensive bike, don’t lock it 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.

Contact: Norfolk Police on 0845 4564567.

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