CYCLISTS in Worcester are being urged to make sure they use good quality locks following a recent spate of bike thefts in the City Centre over the past few months.
Officers from West Mercia Police have increased patrols around the city in order to deter thieves, whilst raising awareness of the problem by encouraging the use of good quality locks and chains.
It can take thieves just seconds to spot an unlocked bike and steal it – meaning hundreds of pounds worth of bike can be gone in an instant.
Recent thefts have involved the use of bolt cutters to quickly cut through cheap cable locks and chains, often leaving the cut lock at the scene.
Thefts have been taking place during the day and at night. Most recently thieves have targeted the bike stand in Fish Street after four bikes were stolen from there.
In an effort to raise awareness, officers have placed police tape around the stand with a sign advising cyclists not to park their bikes there unless it is locked securely using high quality locks.
PC Paul Lambon, of Worcester City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We want to ensure that everything is being done to trace the offenders and to prevent bikes from being stolen.
“We advise bike owners to secure their bikes using a good quality lock as all of the bikes stolen have used versions of the common flexi cable lock and we would recommend at least using a D-Lock for a valuable bike.
“This is just the first phase of our cycle security campaign that will be followed up with a property marking events and further enforcement action.
“If you do witness any suspicious behaviour, please let us know as soon as possible by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency so we can direct our resources to the right areas.”