Police in Doncaster are advising the public to be more security conscious after a recent spate of bicycle thefts across the borough.
During the last few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of bikes stolen after being left unattended outside shops or insecure in gardens.
Police say opportunistic thieves will not think twice about taking property that is unattended or insecure, and now they are urging the public to be vigilant and secure their property at all times.
Sergeant Jez Fitzgibbons said: “We have had a number of thefts reported over the last week, where people have left their bikes insecure in their gardens thinking they will be safe, or outside shops unattended.
“Even though they are only away from the bike for a matter of minutes, it only takes seconds for someone to steal it and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we need the public’s help.”
Bikes should be locked or chained when left unattended, even when left in your garden.
Another deterrent is to have the crossbar stamped with the owner’s postcode as it makes it more difficult for the bike to be sold on.
Bikes can also be registered free on a national property database www.immobilise.com, by entering the bike frame number so it can be identified and traced back to the original owner if found.
For bike stamping contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team or call 0114 220 2020 for details.