Crooks put bikes at top of wish list

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BIKES could be at the top of the Christmas list for thieves this winter, police have warned.

Officers in Northumberland say bikes are ideal targets for criminals, especially if they have been left unsecured or inside unlocked sheds.

Cyclists have been reminded to secure their bike every time they leave it, using strong locks and chains to fasten it to something solid.

If bikes are kept in a shed, garage or outhouse security precautions like window bars, security lighting and reinforced locks should be in place. The cycle should be stored with its lock on.

Northumberland Area Command Superintendent Dianne Winship said: “Don’t let thieves ruin your Christmas and take action now to stop thieves from stealing your bikes and other belongings.

“It’s horrible being the victim of a crime, and especially so at a time when everyone wants to enjoy themselves.

“That’s why I’d urge everybody to take some simple steps that will help us to cut crimes like burglary and theft in the area.”

Supt Winship also offered general security advice.

“Make sure you think about security at all times.

“Lock sheds and garages, make sure the car is locked and you’ve not left anything valuable inside, and keep your home safe by locking windows and doors,” she said.

“We’re doing our bit this Christmas by carrying out patrols at key times, speaking to people about crime prevention and making sure we’re arresting those causing harm in our communities.

“We need the public to play their part too and help us to make sure that Christmas in Northumberland this year is a safe and crime-free one for us all.”