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Selby Police Investigating Cycle Thefts

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5:26am 30th August 2013

Selby police have arrested and charged another suspected cycle thief as they continue to crackdown on thefts in the area.

Officers have mounted proactive operations to track down and arrest criminals suspected of contributing to an increase in cycle thefts in the district.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 20 August 2013, say Selby police, acting on information gathered by local officers, a vehicle was intercepted in the car park on the Waterfront industrial estate in Selby.

Police say that inside the vehicle, officers found a suspected stolen Specialized cycle and located two Selby men aged 21 and 27 elsewhere on the site, who were arrested on suspicion of theft and handling stolen goods.

North Yorkshire Police say the 21-year-old man was charged with handling stolen goods and will appear at York Magistrates’ Court on 9 September 2013.

The 27-year-old man was released without charge.

PC Dave White of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Cycle theft has risen dramatically this year and we have held a number of proactive operations to help reduce theft and target suspects. Many of the thefts have taken place while cycles have been left insecure and it’s important that the most basic crime prevention measures are taken to prevent theft.

“To help cycle owners, we will be holding more cycle security days in the coming weeks. Keep watching our website for dates and times.

“In the meantime we urge cyclists to follow our security advice.”  

  • Buy a good sturdy cycle lock and secure your cycle at all times
  • If you’re parking your bike in town, make sure it’s in a spot where there are lots of people and CCTV cameras - and always use your lock
  • If your cycle is worth a lot of money, consider fitting a professional security tracking system to it
  • Consider investing in a ground anchor and attach it securely to a wall or concrete floor.
  • Always lock your cycle at when it’s at your home address
  • Make sure that the shed or garage where you keep your cycle is secured and locked on a night. If you don’t have one, keep it in the house.
  • Make sure you keep your bicycle out of view of prying eyes as this alone will provide an irresistible incentive to break in to your property
  • Don’t leave your cycle unsecured while it’s unattended
  • Get your cycle security marked
  • Take a photograph of your bike to identify it in case it does get stolen
  • Register your bike on the Immobilise property register

For more security advice please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention

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