Police in Bristol are warning bike owners to beware after arresting and charging a 26-year-old man from London who was spotted by officers while taking a bike from outside the BRI.
The suspect was seen in a shirt and tie, putting on a helmet and trouser-ties, tampering with a lock on a Mountain bike, which he then calmly placed into his rucksack, before attempting to ride off.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Kelvey is heading up a special task team focussed on catching criminals who are stealing bikes in the city. DCI Kelvey wants to dispel the myth that bike thefts are only carried out by opportunist thieves and wants everyone to be more cycle security savvy.
DCI Kelvey said:
With Bristol being named the country’s first Cycle City there is a big drive to double the number of people using bicycles.
We don’t want this to mean more opportunity for thieves or more victims of crime.
There are plenty of opportunist thieves who will take a bike if it is not secured properly, or those who take bikes from homes during burglaries, but there are also more organised and sophisticated bike thieves now operating.
The man who was arrested by our officers had travelled all the way from London with the intention of returning with a stolen bike.
He was dressed like an office worker so to passers-by, who were not observing closely, it may have just looked like a commuter picking up his bike.
DCI Kelvey went on to add that the Police needed the public support through increased vigilance, and to be proactive in the registration of their bikes and property on the national property database, Immobilise.
DCI Kelvey said:
It is the only property database that will automatically throw up results when we do checks on property through our standard system.
You would be surprised at how many stolen bikes we recover that end up having to be auctioned because there is no way of identifying an owner.
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