Runcorn police hold free bike marking event in a bid to deter bike thieves

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Police in Runcorn are holding a free bike marking event following a number of thefts of bikes in the area.

The event will take place between 12pm and 3pm on Saturday 3 December at The Trident and will see officers assisting local residents with bike marking to warn off potential thieves.

Officers are continuing to investigate the burglaries and thefts and a number of enquiries are underway to identify those responsible.

Chief Inspector Andy Blizard said: “Due to a number of thefts of bikes over the last couple of weeks, we are urging cyclists to be vigilant and take extra security measures to protect their bikes.

“There are various ways people can protect their bikes from being stolen such as keeping it out of view and securely locked away when you’re at home and not leaving them in isolated or dimly lit places.

“Bike marking kits are also an excellent way to make it difficult for thieves to sell the bikes on, enabling officers to identify the owners of the stolen property so it can be easily returned.

“The free bike marking event will be a chance for residents to take action through preventative measures because a bike with a property marking will make it a less attractive target for thieves – it will also give the local community an opportunity to raise any concerns they have to officers.

“While we continue to investigate those who commit thefts and burglaries, we would urge residents to think about their security and review how they can improve it.

“If doors are unlocked, and bikes aren’t secure, it gives opportunistic thieves the chance to steal a bike or other valuable items from outbuildings or sheds- and with Christmas round the corner, it’s particularly important not to give them the chance. You can help us make it difficult for thieves by following a number of steps and denying them the opportunity to steal your hard-earned property.”

Tips on preventing shed or outbuilding burglaries:

• Check outbuildings, sheds and garages are locked and secure

• Keep windows shut when unoccupied

• Keep personal items such as bikes and gardening tools stored away and out of sight

• Invest in strong padlocks to fit to sheds and/or garages or have them fitted with an alarm

• CCTV is also an option to consider or security lights which come on when someone walks up it

• Look out for yourself and neighbours by reporting suspicious activity to police.

More advice can be found by visiting our website.

Anyone who may have any information about bikes being stolen should contact Cheshire Police on 101.

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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