Cyclists are being urged not to skimp on locks

Tips on offer for cyclists at special event in Norwich on Sunday

Friday, February 1, 2013
5.21 PM

Cyclists can get tips and information from police on how to avoid becoming victims of theft, at a special event at Norwich’s Forum on Sunday, February 3.

The Norfolk Cycle Show runs from 10am to 3pm and police will also be distributing a limited number of cycle marking kits on a first come, first served basis.

Cyclists are also being urged not to skimp on locks for their bikes, after a number were stolen in the city in January with criminals targeting those secured with poor locks.

On January 31, a bike was stolen from racks at the back of Jarrold in Little London Street and CCTV enquiries revealed suspects used a pair of bolt croppers to break a plastic coated chain which it had been locked with.

Inspector Tony Abigail, from the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team, encouraged cyclists to invest in good quality locks.

He said: “It is easy to forget that your bike is an expensive and desirable possession. It probably cost a lot when new and would cost a lot to replace. With this in mind it’s worth investing in a decent lock. “It makes no sense securing a bike worth £200-£300 with a chain lock which costs £2-£3.

“The lock should be used to secure the bike-stand, wheel trim and frame together, making it more difficult for a thief to take.

“Also, avoid leaving your bike for long periods of time. A number of cycles have been stolen overnight and leaving them on display for more than 24 hours will give thieves ample opportunity to steal them.”