Police warn bik­ers to lock up af­ter thieves take £72k haul

Stolen ve­hi­cles used in street crimes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

POLICE in Hilling­don have is­sued se­cu­rity ad­vice to mo­tor­bike and moped own­ers af­ter it was re­vealed £72,000 worth of bikes have been stolen in the past three months alone.

Op­er­a­tion Venice has been set up by the Metropoli­tan Police in an at­tempt to crack down on bike thefts and to stop bikes be­ing used in other crimes like street rob­beries and bur­glar­ies.

The fig­ures mean that, since June, these thefts have cost the var­i­ous own­ers a com­bined £800 per day.

The ward sergeant for South Ruis­lip, Act­ing Police Sergeant James Burgess, of­fered tips on how rid­ers in Hilling­don can pro­tect theirs bikes.

APS Burgess told the Gazette: “Since June 2016, we have seen over £72,000 worth of bikes stolen in Hilling­don.

“A ma­jor­ity of these ve­hi­cles have not had any se­cu­rity other than the built-in steer­ing lock, so the key mes­sage I’m try­ing to get out is to cover, chain and lock your bike to help pre­vent it be­ing stolen.

“Lots of stolen bikes are used by crim­i­nals to com­mit other types of

The key mes­sage I’m try­ing to get out is to cover, chain and lock your bike to help pre­vent it be­ing stolen”

of­fences, such as street rob­beries, or used as get­away ve­hi­cles at bur­glar­ies.

“If we deny crim­i­nals use of these ve­hi­cles we will help to re­duce other types of crime across London.”

There have also re­cently been car thefts in the bor­ough, with two Mercedes stolen in Ruis­lip.

The Metropoli­tan Police has is­sued this ad­vice to bike own­ers:

Lock your bike. Don’t rely on the stan­dard fit­ted lock. Use a ground an­chor, a good qual­ity disc lock and a chain.

Fit an alarm with a move­ment sen­sor.

Fit a tracker – some can be used with a smart­phone app to mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cle.

At home, park your bike in a locked garage or in an en­closed area. If this is not pos­si­ble, en­sure it is al­ways cov­ered and locked.

Use well-lit park­ing ar­eas cov­ered by CCTV, or a Park Mark-ap­proved car park ( www. park­mark.co.uk).

Keep a record of your ve­hi­cle’s unique frame num­ber to­gether with a pho­to­graph of the bike that can be given to the police if it is stolen.

n VE­HI­CLE CRIME: A burnt out stolen bike near Peachey Lane in Uxbridge

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