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Police warning after spate of bicycle thefts

Following a number of recent bicycle thefts in the Portadown area, Police in Craigavon are urging all bicycle owners to ensure their property is secure and to not make it easy for opportunistic thieves to steal.

Speaking of the thefts, Crime Prevention Officer for Craigavon, Michelle Wilson, said: “I would encourage people to make a point of securing their property. Bicycles are expensive items and if left unsecured, are easy pickings for thieves.

“If anyone is seen acting suspiciously around residential areas, please contact local police on 0845 600 8000 with the details. Or, if preferred, information can be left anonymously on the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The following advice is offered to all bicycle owners:

Bicycles should be locked in a garage or shed when not in use or where this is not practical, an approved lock should be used to lock the bicycle in such a way to make it as difficult as possible for the thief.

Owners should record full descriptions of bicycles, including make, colour, distinguishing features and manufacturers serial number; a photograph of the bicycle would be beneficial.

Use an ordinary permanent marker on bicycles to write post code / house numbers as this makes it more unique/distinguishable from others.

Crime Prevention advice is available from local Crime Prevention Officers and on the PSNI web site at www.psni.police.uk.

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