Police in Washington are issuing a warning to cyclists to make sure their bikes are secured after three thefts took place in a 24-hour period.
The thefts happened overnight between Monday, March 10 and Tuesday March 11. All the bikes that were taken had been left insecure.
A boy’s blue stunt bike, with stunt pegs and a girl’s black and pink BMX were stolen from front gardens at two separate addresses on Ashgill in Albany.
A black and green Carrera Vulcan mountain bike was also taken by thieves from a back garden of an address on Cherwell in Sulgrave.
These incidents follow a string of thefts in recent weeks of bikes left unattended or insecure outside shops and houses, or merely secured with a small chain lock.
The advice comes as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, which continues to tackle opportunist thieves. It aims to promote crime prevention advice to residents, motorists and cyclists.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Cole said: “These recent incidents show how thieves are opportunist in their nature. If they see a bike left insecure and unattended, they won’t hesitate in taking it.
“I’m urging people not to give these easy opportunities to them.
“Parents and guardians should also speak to their children to make them realise the importance of locking their bikes, even if leaving them for a short time, make them understand the disappointment they would feel if it was stolen.”
Cyclists are also urged to register with free property logging website www.immobilise.com which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered, it can be returned to the rightful owner.
Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team can also mark bikes and can provide more crime prevention information. They can be contacted vi 101 ext 69191.