Posted on 14th January 2015
Officers in Derby initiated Operation Luzon in order to tackle the theft of pedal cycles in the city centre and West End areas of Derby.
The operation commenced on Monday, December 15, 2014, and following its launch has seen a continuing reduction in the report of bike thefts.
The operation has led to the arrest of four known offenders of pedal cycle thefts and a handler of stolen bikes.
Simon Smith (31), of William Street, pleaded guilty to the theft of bikes at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court and was sentenced to six months in prison and required to pay £80 compensation.
Daniel Payne (32), of no fixed abode also pleaded guilty to theft of bikes and was handed a 12-month suspended sentence and a supervision order to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.
A 44-year-old man was arrested for theft of bikes and has been bailed pending further enquiries and a 33-year-old man arrested on suspicion of handling stolen bikes received a police caution.
In addition the local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams are also offering crime prevention events in order to assist the general public in keeping safe and secure their bicycle.
The operation will continue to run alongside crime prevention days listed below:
- Saturday, January 17 between 12.00 – 3.00pm at Halfords, Kingsway
- Saturday, February 14 between 12.00 – 3.00pm at The Bike Shop, Monk Street
- Saturday, February 7 between 9.00 – 1.00pm at Park Bike Works, Full Street
Sergeant Mark Preston said: “Despite all our best efforts, cycle owners do need to invest in a good quality lock, even when the bikes are left in the shed or garage at home.
“This can help deter the suspect if it looks like it would take them longer to get away with the bike.
”We also suggest that if your wheels have a quick release system, remove the front wheel and secure it to the frame and back wheel. If other parts are removable, take them with you and park your bike where passing pedestrians can see it.
“If possible, insure your bike, have your frame post coded and make a note of the colour, frame size, make, model and any other special details. This information will help us if your bicycle is stolen.
“We are also working closely with Derby City Council who run Cycle Derby and together we are trying to ensure people take steps to keep their bikes safe and secure.”
Derby City Council have installed over 100 'Sheffield' type cycle stands in the city centre and other district centre’s.
There are cycle lockers in the Chapel Street and Assembly Rooms car parks which are free of charge. Cyclists need their own locks to secure them.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team please call: 101 or visit: www.derbyshire.police.uk