Worcester police put brakes on bike thieves  - The Worcester Observer

Worcester police put brakes on bike thieves 

Holly Clement 26th Jun, 2024   0

WORCESTER Police are continuing to put the brakes on bike thieves.

Officers from the City and Cathedral Safer Neighbourhood Teams in plain clothes patrols have been carrying out a targeted operation to clamp down on cycle thefts.

The collaboration focuses on stopping the crime – since the start of the year 16 people have been arrested or spoken with for stealing bikes.

Most have either been charged with theft, have been bailed pending further investigations, or are set to appear before youth courts.

Including a 16-year-old boy who was street bailed two weeks ago on suspicion of stealing a bike and upon his bail, he admitted to five offences of theft of a bicycle and has been referred to the Youth Offending Team.

Officers will continue this crackdown on bike thieves, supported by partners at Worcester BID, the Safer City Network, Worcester Community Safety Team, and the CrownGate Shopping Centre.

Safer neighbourhood inspector for Worcester City Centre, Tanya Beckett, said: “Working with our city centre partners, we are continuing this focused operation to target bike thieves operating in the area.

“While we are pleased with the results so far, we will not stop there as we continue to try and make stolen bikes ‘too hot to handle’ going forward.

“The public, as ever, can help us both with our surveillance of the city centre by reporting anything suspicious to us and being vigilant, and by working with us to protect their bikes when parked.

“Make sure you use a good quality lock or two locks, and, where possible, always leave it one of the city’s bike racks, preferably in an area that’s in good public view and covered by our network of CCTV cameras.

“We are also aware of the new ‘Beryl’ bike and e-bike scheme now operating in the city centre which is a partnership between Beryl and the city council.

“We would like to remind all cyclists to remember the Highway Code around their use, and in particular not to use them in the pedestrianised areas of the centre, thank you.”

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