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Don't lose it, lock it - Southern District police warn

12 Sep 2019 12:09pm

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant when it comes to securing their bicycles after a spate of thefts in recent months.

Over the past two months, police received reports of 39 bicycles being stolen from the Southern District Police area.

Police wish to remind residents not to leave bikes in the front yard or in a place visible from the road and to keep bikes in a secure area at home when not in use.

Bikes are a popular mode of transport and owners should consider ways to secure their bike when it is not in use. SAPOL has developed a ‘Bike Passport’ for you to record details of your bike that will assist in identifying and returning it to you, if it is stolen.

https://www.police.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/2649/Bike-Passport-Electronic-Version.pdf

While police are able to locate a number of stolen bicycles, it is preferable to prevent their theft in the first place.

To reduce your chances of becoming a victim of bike theft, please consider the following crime prevention security tips:

· Engrave or mark your bike frame (near the serial number) with an ultraviolet (UV) pen, microdot or by other permanent means with your driver’s licence number prefixed by the letter ‘S’ for South Australia, e.g. S123456.

· Mark all your accessories, including helmet, lights, pump, saddle, etc.

· Take a photograph of your bike.

· Complete the Bike Passport and keep it in a safe place.

· Purchase and fit a good quality bike lock. Your bike dealer may be able to assist you in choosing a lock.

· Always park and secure your bike in well-lit and populated areas.

· Always lock the bike frame and both wheels to a secure object.

· When securing your bike, remove equipment including helmet, lights, pump, etc.

· Never leave your bike unattended and unlocked, even for a short period of time.

· When at home, secure your bike in a locked shed or inside your house

If you see any suspicious behaviour or have property stolen, report it immediately by calling the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

If you have any information regarding stolen property or theft please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/

Further security advice to help reduce thefts is available on the following fact sheet -

https://www.police.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/346171/Dont-lose-it-Lock-it_A5-flyer.pdf