Police issue warning after spate of bike thefts in Grantham

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Residents in Grantham are being urged not leave bicycles in their gardens following a recent series of thefts.

Gary Stewart, Inspector for the Grantham area, said that leaving a bike in a garden makes it an easy target for thieves.

“We are experiencing an increase in reports that bicycles have been stolen from back gardens, sheds or outbuildings,” he said.

“We believe that thieves are spending time scouting out where bikes are left insecure, and even if they spot a lock, it might be easy to remove.

“Please follow our top tips to prevent your ride from being stolen and help us reduce this crime.”

Police have issued a series of top tips to keep bicycles safe at home:

l Make sure your sheds, outbuildings and garages are secure. Consider installing ground anchors if you have a concrete floor. If not, look for security-rated products specifically for wooden and metal sheds.

l Invest in good quality security. Spend between 10 and 15 per cent of the value of the bike on its security.

If you have space, consider keeping your bike inside your house.

l Lock your bike frame and wheels to something with two different types of lock. Just using a chain and lock around a bike frame and wheels without locking to something sturdy leaves your bike vulnerable to being carried away. But locking only the frame or the wheels to something could result in unsecured parts being stolen.

l Use a chain and D-lock combination. Avoid cable locks as they offer little deterrent to thieves. They are easy to cut with basic cable cutters, hacksaws and even wire cutters.

l Register your bike on www.immobilise.com. This is a national, police-approved database which is searched daily by police officers to return stolen bikes to their owners.

l Keep a record of your bikes serial number.

Anyone who has a bicycle stolen, or has seen something suspicious, is asked to call police on 101.