Norfolk Constabulary: Norwich bike theft warning

26 February 2015

Police in Norwich are reminding cyclists to keep their bikes
secure, with thefts totalling over 24,000 for bikes in the city in

Officers have received reports of more than 120 pedal bikes
being stolen this year, with over half of the thefts involving
bikes that were either secured using inadequate locks or not
secured at all.

Hotspots include the areas around Chapelfield and The Forum, as
well as Little London Street, Gentleman s Walk and Norwich bus and
train stations.

Peak times for the thefts are between 1pm and 4pm
on Fridays and Sundays.

Chief Inspector Nathan Clark said: “We re always on the look-out
for bike thieves as part of our patrols and with the number of
recent reports of stolen cycles we ve received locally, we re
reminding cyclists to make sure never to leave their bikes unlocked
when unattended as it only takes a few seconds for a thief to ride
off with it.

“It s worthwhile investing in a high quality lock, like a
D-lock, and ensure that you re using it to properly secure the
bike-stand, wheel rim and frame together.

When you do find
somewhere to lock up your bike, try and make sure it s an open and
well-lit space to make it as difficult as possible for

Cyclists are also encouraged to get their bike security marked
by their local Safer Neighbourhood Team or crime prevention
officer, making the bikes less attractive to thieves and increasing
the chance of it being identified by police if it is recovered.

This latest reminder follows on from Norfolk Constabulary s
recent #ProperLockIt social media campaign, which encourages
cyclists to think more about security via a YouTube video that
showed the ease at which unattended and poorly secured cycles could
be taken.

For more advice on bike security, visit

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