Sunderland Students told to watch out for bike thieves

Sunderland University students are being advised to get their bikes security marked to prevent theft.

PC Graeme Jenkinson, who is based at the University of Sunderland, said: “”We’re keen to promote the Immobilise website and ensure cyclists have crime prevention advice to help keep their bikes safe.

“It’s vital students secure their bikes – ensuring they use a good quality lock – preferably a D-lock – or combination of locks and attach their bike to an immovable object.

“Unfortunately opportunist thieves do operate across the campus and while we continue to do all we can to tackle those involved in such crimes.”

Of the cycles stolen across Sunderland since January 1, two have been stolen from University campuses and a further one belonging to a student was taken in the city centre.

PC Jenkinson added: “Although the figures seem low, it’s essential that students don’t get complacent. Preventing your bike from being stolen is much easier than finding it once it’s been taken.”

Across the student site, patrols are carried out to target offenders, reassure students and prevent crimes.

Two incidents have occurred where thefts have been directly prevented by the intervention of security staff on campus.

Graeme Robinson, Head of Facilities at the University, said: “The University is committed to minimising the effects of crime on our community and we welcome police initiatives that help keep our campuses and residences secure.”

PC Jenkinson is based at Unit 4 at the Tech Park and can be contacted by email at campus.police@sunderland.ac.uk or telephone 0191 515 3999.#####

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