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Borough cyclists urged to be vigilant after bike thefts
2:00pm Tuesday 6th August 2013 in News
BOROUGH cyclists are encouraged step up security after a spate of bike thefts.
Thieves stole 48 bikes across the borough between June 25 and July 26.
The majority were taken in Brierley Hill and Castle and Priory, Dudley.
Police are urging cyclists to protect themselves against crime by marking their bikes with a UV pen and registering them online at www.immobilise.com - a national database that helps police return stolen items to the rightful owner.
Dudley North Sergeant Corrina Griffiths said: "With the lovely sunny weather we have been experiencing recently we have seen an increase in the number of people travelling by bike in our community.
"We will be targeting possible offenders by carrying out stop checks on individuals seen on cycles. We will then check the bike to see if it is property marked and in those instances where we find the bike has been stolen, trace it back to the rightful owner."
Officers have also reminded cyclists to lock the wheels and the frame of their bike to an immovable point when leaving it unattended - preferably in a well-lit spot covered by CCTV and to keep them in a locked garage or shed when at home.
Anyone with information about a stolen bike should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or call Dudley Police on the non-emergency number 101.
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