POLICE: Spate of Salisbury bike thefts could be linked

POLICE: Spate of Salisbury bike thefts could be linked

Published by Jack Deery at 5:45am 2nd January 2020. (Updated at 9:19am 2nd January 2020)

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A number of incidents were reported to Police in just over 24 hours.

Wiltshire Police were made aware of four separate incidents of bike thefts in Salisbury between the 22nd and 23rd December:

  • The first was reported at 9:04pm on the 22nd on Blue Boar Row, where an unknown suspect took a Carrera Valour black and green pedal bike that was locked up to a metal pole.
  • A second then happened at around 1:02am on the 23rd on Wilton Road when a suspect stole an unsecured, bright green mountain bike from outside the address.
  • A third was called later the same day at Elizabeth Gardens where an unknown suspect stole a black and silver Carrera mountain bike whilst it was locked up to a bike rack. 
  • A fourth, reported at 11:33pm, saw someone steal a mountain bike which was locked up in the bike shed in St Thomas Square
Bicycles parked at cycle racks in Salisbury - cycling bikes cyclist (Mike Draper) (3)
A bike was taken from a rack in the city

Police have now said "our investigation will consider the possibility that the offences are linked."

TOP TIPS

While their enquiries are ongoing, they have released the following advice to keep your bikes safe: 

  • Lock your bike in a busy, well lit and CCTV covered area.
  • Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or strong immovable object. Ensure your bike can't be lifted over the top of any posts
  • Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre.  Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible and keep the locks off the ground.
  • Register your bikes serial number for free with bikeregister.com
  • Take a photo of your bike and the serial number.
  • Use recognised security locks - D locks to the Sold Secure standard or heavy chain locks with closed shackle sold secure padlocks
  • Use two different locks - theft is less likely as thieves need different tools to break each one.
  • Try not to leave your bike in the same place every day
  • Include your bike in your home contents insurance for thefts outside the home.
  • If you suspect someone is trying to sell you a stolen bike, contact the Police on 101.
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