Spate of bike thefts in one week near Salisbury

Spate of bike thefts in one week near Salisbury

Published by Jack Deery at 5:54am 19th March 2020.

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Police say there is currently no evidence to link the offences, but are exploring CCTV opportunities.

Between Thursday 5th and Wednesday 11th March, three bikes were stolen and four had lights taken off of them

Thefts: 

  • Between 6pm on 5th and 8am on 6th - A barn in High Road, Bishopstone, was broken into and a 'Specialised epic comp carbon 29xl' mountain bike was stolen.
  • Between 8:45am and 5:30pm on 11th - A silver 'Carerra Subway 2' mountain bike, which was chained to railings, was taken near the allotments on London Road, Salisbury.
  • Between 4:45pm and 5:30pm on 11th - A black and red 'Mongoose BMX' was stolen from outside a block of flats in Gainsborough Close, Bemerton Heath.

At around 12:35pm on the 9th March, unknown suspects have stolen front and rear lights off of 4 bicycles that were secured in a bike rack on Tollgate Road. 

Police do have CCTV for this incident and enquiries are ongoing. 

Bicycles parked at cycle racks in Salisbury - cycling bikes cyclist (Mike Draper) (3)
Four bikes had lights taken off of them while in a bike rack on Tollgate Road

PREVENTION ADVICE

Wiltshire Police say these are the top ten tips to keep your bike secure from being taken: 

  • 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.
  • 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 police on 101.

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