Police appealing to find stolen Welwyn Garden City bike


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Police are trying to trace a bike stolen from a shed in Welwyn Garden City.

A ladies’ blue Giant Anthem X mountain bike with a size 29 frame was taken sometime between 8pm on Tuesday March 11 and 8am Wednesday, March 12 from a property in Tempsford.

The bike also has a white seat, black bottle cage and deep chip out of the paintwork on the frame.

PC Paul Edmondson is investigating and said: “This bike is quite distinctive and I would like to hear from anyone who knows of the bike’s whereabouts or has been offered a bike of a similar description for sale recently.

“If anyone remembers seeing anything unusual or suspicious between the stated times please contact me as you may have information that can assist the investigation.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Edmondson via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference B1/14/699. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There are some very simple things you can do to deter opportunist thieves from stealing your bike:

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* Mark the frame of your bike with your postcode using a UV pen or contact your local cycle shop, as most will mark them for a small cost. You can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team for advice on other property marking initiatives available on 101.

* Register your bike, including the frame number, on www.immobilise.com, a free online property database which police use to check stolen property. That way, if your bike does get stolen, you have more chance of it being returned to you.

* Never leave your bike unlocked – even if you’re just popping into the newsagents.

* The best kind of lock is a quality solid steel D-shaped shackle lock. You can buy these at any bike shop.

* Always lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings, preferably in a public area.

* If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel.

* If you have a pump or detachable lights take them with you when you leave your bike.

* Make sure you have adequate insurance cover for your bike.

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