States of Jersey Police are asking local cyclists to stop giving opportunist thieves the chance to steal their bikes after more than 300 cycles were reported as stolen to Police in 2006.
Last year, 335 cycles worth more than £80,000 between them were reported lost or stolen and the majority were taken just because they were not secured properly.
This year, the Force's crime reduction unit which is part of the community safety branch are keen to bring the number down by urging cyclists to lock their bikes when they leave them with a good quality lock.
States of Jersey Police have tasked an officer with the job of ringing round owners of cycles who reported them missing to see if the cycle was returned to them.
Crime reduction officer Det con Bruce Liron said: ˜Last year we had over 300 bikes reported to us as stolen. Their total value was £80,464, with an average value of £240 and a maximum value of £1,800.'
˜Some of these bikes are valuable and in very good condition, but the fact is they were stolen simply because they were not well secured.
˜Our community team at States of Jersey Police use cycles as part of their work and they are essential to them. We would ask all bike owners to follow their lead and ensure that they lock their bike securely when it isn't in use.
˜Although we are encouraged by the numbers of people who attend our free security cycle marking days, a bike is only safe if it is well secured whenever it is left,' said Det con Liron.
˜It is our job to re unite bikes with their owners that are brought into us, but this could be cut down dramatically if people secured their bikes. Taking someone's bike might not seem like the most serious crime, but it causes loss and inconvenience to the bike owner. However, we must also educate cycle owners into taking good care of their bikes and that includes using a good lock to secure it.
˜We would urge people to buy and use a good quality lock, preferably one bearing the Sold Secure logo, and use it whenever they leave their cycle. Don't think that just because you are only leaving it for a short time you should risk having your bike stolen.
The States of Jersey Police have tasked an officer with the job of ringing round owners of cycles who reported them missing to see if the cycle was returned to them. As part of the initiative to raise awareness about bike security, leaflets will be put in cycle shops to remind owners about the importance of buying a lock when purchasing a new bike.
˜A good general rule is that if you buy a bike, the lock should cost ten per cent of the bike. In particular, look for a lock which has the Sold Secure logo printed on the packaging. These are locks which have been independently tested,' added Det con Liron. ˜A good lock which could prevent your bike being stolen is well worth paying for.'
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