17/02/2016 Stockton

Warning Over Bicycle Thefts in Stockton

Police are warning people to keep their bikes secure following several reports of bicycle thefts in the Stockton area.

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Six bikes have been taken in total during a number of burglaries between Thursday 11th February and Monday 15th February.

On Thursday 11th February two bikes were stolen from a shed close to the main car park of the University of Durham Queens Campus in Stockton at around 7pm.

On Sunday 14th February two bikes were stolen from a shed on Rialto Court on Bridge Road in Stockton at 12pm.

A bike which was chained to railings at the University of Durham Queens Campus in Stockton was stolen at around 3:30pm on Monday 15th February and another was stolen on the same day between 5:10pm and 5:25pm outside of Stockton Library on Church Road.

It is unknown whether the bike thefts are connected at this time.

Neighbourhood Inspector Anthony Cross said: “Bicycles are often someone’s only means of transport and can be essential for travelling to work and carrying out daily activities.

“Simple steps can be taken to ensure your bike is secure by investing in a high quality lock, such as a D-Lock and ensure it is used properly to secure the bike to the bike stand, wheel rim and frame.

“Also make sure that you lock your bike up in a well-lit area which will make it even more difficult for thieves to target it and register your property on Immobilise, the world’s largest free property register. Immobilise assists in police officers detecting crime and helping to return property safely to victims.”

To sign up to Immobilse.com all you have to do is register via: https://www.immobilise.com  and follow the simple instructions on the website to register property.

Anyone with information regarding the thefts of the bikes is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.