Make? Model? Colour? Serial Number? Frame Size? Wheel Size? Could you answer these questions if your bike was stolen?
After an increase in bicycle thefts, Melton Police are urging cyclists to make a note of their bikes details so that the police are able to identify it should it be stolen. Inspector John Gray, LPU Commander for Melton Local Policing Unit said: “When it comes to bicycle thefts it is common that the victim cannot accurately describe the item that has been stolen. We encourage people to keep a record of their bicycle, including the make, model and colour, so that they are able to give an accurate description if required.”
Owners can also register their property on a national property database, such as Immobilise (www.immobilise.com) which helps the police identify the owner of lost and stolen property. Along with keeping a record of your bikes details, police also encourage owners to:
· Buy a good quality lock, such as a Sold Secure approved D-lock, which should ideally cost at least 20% of the value of your bike;
· Lock up your bike, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes;
· Secure your bike to a fixed object or rack in a well-lit and busy area;
· Lock your bike through the frame and both wheels;
· Remove all detachable accessories, such as lights, pumps, panniers and quick-release saddles
Anyone with information about crime and anti-social behaviour in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland is urged to call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crime stoppers, which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.