POLICE are urging bicycle owners to secure their bikes following a string of recent thefts.
ACT police say thefts of insecure, expensive items such as bicycles are often crimes of opportunity, and there are a number of steps owners can take to limit the chances of their bicycle being stolen, such as:
- Where possible, do not leave a bicycle in areas of high visibility, such as storage cages, balconies and hallways.
- Always ensure bicycles are locked and secure with a chain or bike lock, even if it is locked in a storage cage.
- Never leave bicycles unsecured and unattended when out in public.
For future reference, police suggest recording details of peoples’ bicycles such as the serial number, make, model, year, colour, and any other easily identifiable features, such as suspension.
“It may also be useful to keep a photo of your bicycle on file for identification purposes,” they say.
Information about stolen bicycles that could assist police to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.