Bicycle thefts in Whiteparish over Easter weekend

Whiteparish village sign (Mike Draper)

6:39am 20th April 2017

People in Whiteparish are being asked to make sure their bikes are safe and secure after two burglaries in the village over the Easter weekend.

In one case, overnight last Thursday (April 13th), thieves forced open some garage doors in Newton Lane, before cutting the locks to five road and mountain bikes.

They ranged from:

  • black Raub road bike
  • black Raleigh road bike
  • white Norco mountain bike
  • blue/black Raleigh mountain bike
  • red Hard Rock mountain bike

A leaf blower was also stolen in that burglary.

Then, on Monday (April 17th), two bicycles were taken from the back garden of a house in Common Road.

They were a white Carrera ladies mountain bike and a blue Carrera men's mountain bike.

Wiltshire Police have asked us to be on our guard and have given us some advice to keep our bikes safe:

  • Always lock your cycle whenever you leave it even if you are just going to be a few moments.
  • Mark the frame with your postcode and stick on a 'Coded Cycle' sticker to let thieves know. If the cycle is stolen it will help police to identify the owner, police have thousands of unclaimed unidentified bicycles.
  • Record all your bike's details so that if your bike is stolen and then recovered, we will be able to match it to the description.
  • Register your bicycle with bikeregister.com
  • The best kinds of bicycle locks are made of a loop of solid metal. Chains deter casual thieves but can be easily cut with the right equipment.
  • Always lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings. If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel. An increasing number of bus and railway stations have secure shed where you can lock your cycle, safe from crime, and the weather!

Officers say bikes are popular targets for thieves because they're easy to take away and easy to sell on.

If you can help with information about either of these Whiteparish cases, you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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