Two youths in custody after attempted Welwyn Garden City bike theft
PUBLISHED: 09:25 08 August 2018
A police chase has brought in two young men after they attempted to steal bikes in Welwyn Garden City yesterday (August 7).
The men were attempting to steal the bicycles from the racks outside the old Shredded Wheat building on Hydeway, when Police Communnity Support Officer (PCSO) Bill McCaskie found them.
They ran off down the railways tracks, but were tracked by a police dog where they were found hiding in an allotment shed.
A set of bolt cutters were found at the scene.
The men are now in custody for attempted theft and trespassing on railway property.
PCSO McCaskie said that bicycle thefts have gone up in Welwyn Garden City town centre and around the station this summer, and gave security advice in an email via the Hertfordshire Police neighbourhood watch OWL messaging service.
“Summer is the time of year when we notice a spike in theft of bikes,” he wrote.
“This year is no different.
“Owners report that there bikes were locked when they were taken.
“I have done a quick check today of all the bike racks around the town center and some of the locks used to secure expensive bikes could be broken open by hand and would not deter a thief who may steal bikes to order.”
He called on people to buy the best lock they can afford, and recommended metal D-locks as well as a loop lock if you have expensive wheels.
He added: “If a thief has to carry bolt cutters he is more likely to get caught or raise suspicion, then if he carrys pliers, he will be riding off on your bike in seconds.”