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Selby Police Urge Cycle Security As Thefts Up 106%


6:00am 28th July 2013

Police in Selby are warning cyclist to be more security conscious as thefts in the district have increased by over 100% compared to this time last year.

Officers are holding a cycle security day today (Sunday 28 July) at Selby police station where people can get their cycles security marked free of charge and pick up valuable crime prevention advice.

PC Dave White of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We have seen a worrying increase of 106% in cycle thefts compared to the same time last year, and while the police will do all they can to tackle these crimes, it is better that they are prevented in the first place.

“Cycles have been left unsecured and on full view in gardens, unlocked garages and sheds and it’s vital that we drive home the message that despite being a low crime area, we cannot be complacent and make life easy for thieves.

“In many of these cases, the thefts could have been prevented by some simple precautions.

“We urge everyone who owns a cycle to follow our basic crime prevention advice and bring the whole family to our security marking event on Sunday and pick up some valuable advice.”

Our top cycle security tips include:

  • 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


You can come to Selby Police’s cycle security event today (Sunday 28 July) at Selby police station between 10am and 2pm.

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