Lock up your new bikes, police warn

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Police are reminding people buying bicycles as gifts this Christmas to make sure they are stored securely.

The advice comes after many people received cycles on December 25 - one of this year’s most popular presents.

Sgt Steve Edwards, of Derbyshire Police, said: “Don’t make it easy for a potential thief to make off with your bike. A cycle can be an easy target, especially if it is left insecure, so it’s also worth investing in items such as substantial locks, alarms or movement sensors.

“Spending a few extra pounds on crime prevention items could prevent someone from stealing an item which could have cost hundreds of pounds.”

Eight bicycles have been stolen in the force’s division covering the area around Bakewell and the Derbyshire Dales during October, November and December.

Sgt Edwards advised owners to buy one or more locks and find somewhere secure at home to keep bikes, ensure the vehicle is insured and that it is locked to an immovable object if parked.

He added: “Take a clear colour photo and note down any unique features, so that you can report it accurately if it is stolen. Register your bicycle model, make and frame number with a third party such as www.bikeregister.com.

“If you add an additional security mark or tag to your bike, this will make it easier to identify as yours.

“Keep your bike in a secure shed or garage and get into the habit of keeping the door locked. If you keep your bike in a shed, make sure you get a robust lock for the door.”