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Cyclists urged to put the brakes on bike theft after recent crimes in Buxton

Posted on 4th October 2013

Two high-value mountain bikes were stolen from a property in Buxton after offenders broke into a garden shed.

Thieves damaged the shed door at a house in Dale Road, Buxton and took a blue Kona Kahuna and a grey and green Boardman Team FS bike.

The offence took place overnight between Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4.

In a separate incident on the same night, the frame and gears were damaged on a bicycle stored in the front garden of a house in Hardwick Square South, when thieves tried to remove a padlock and chain securing the bike.

Two bikes – a grey and black Land Rover bike and a blue and white Reebok Switchback – were also stolen from an insecure outhouse at a property on New Market Street between September 18 and 28.

PCSO Linda Cook, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, urged cyclists to make sure their bikes are properly secure to protect them from thieves.

She said: “We’ve had a rise in the number of bike thefts over the last few weeks and it serves as a warning that thieves won’t hesitate to take your property if they think it’s worth it.

“It doesn’t take them long to do that but you can deter them by investing in items such as sturdy D-locks, thick chains and proper locks or alarms for sheds and garages.

“If you can, take the bike inside your house or flat or leave it in a secure lock-up if there’s one nearby. Those extra steps take just seconds but could protect your bike from being stolen by criminals.”

Other crime prevention advice includes security marking your bicycle with kit such as SmartWater, or registering it on the secure online database www.immobilise.com. Both of these allow police to reunite stolen bikes with their owners if they are recovered. To find out more about security marking, call your local team.

Witnesses or anyone with information relating to the above crimes should call police on 101.

People are also urged to report suspicious activity as soon as it happens by calling 101, 999 in an emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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