DUNGANNON police officers are urging owners of bicycles to put crime prevention measures in place to protect their property against theft.
Crime Prevention Officer, Joanne Smyth, said: “By introducing a few crime prevention measures, owners can help to stop bicycle thefts taking place, which in turn will make the area where they live safer and feel safer.
“Owners need to realise that it only takes a few seconds to steal a bicycle so it is important that cyclists make full use of bicycle locks, and secure their bikes properly to a permanent fixture every time they leave it unattended.”
“All too often we see bikes that have been left lying in gardens and open spaces, during the day, and even overnight. This makes life far too easy for opportunist thieves who simply have to pick them up and ride off on them, or place them in the back of a car.
“In addition to keeping a record of any damage, owners should always keep details of the make, model, and serial numbers and should also indelibly mark their bike with their post code and house number. This will enable police to identify the owner should your bicycle ever be stolen and subsequently recovered.”
Crime Prevention Officers are available for information on 0845 600 8000.