Police warning after several cycle thefts in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 06:32 05 September 2011




A SPATE of thefts from gardens and garages across the county has led to police calling on residents to be more security conscious this autumn.

Several bikes, as well as alloy wheels and golfing equipment, have been stolen across Hertfordshire recently, with homeowners spending more time outside as the summer draws to a close.

Recent thefts have included a BMX stolen from outside a block of flats in Viaduct Way, WGC on Monday, August 29, and a bike taken from a shed in Brockswood Lane, WGC, on Saturday August 27.

Detective Inspector Paul Doran, crime reduction manager, said: “With the arrival of autumn comes a flurry of work for gardeners and we want to make sure that security sense doesn’t get forgotten when leaving the shed or garage.

“It’s not only important to keep any tools or sports equipment in the shed or garage secure, but make sure they are all put away after use, as we know burglars use tools left lying around to break into homes.”

Mr Doren also advised cyclists to mark their bikes with their postcode using a UV pen, and registering it at www.immobilise.com.

“That way, if you are unlucky enough to have something stolen, police can return it to you if it’s recovered,” he said.

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