With summer upon us for many this means getting out and about on our bikes, but the police in Jersey have also warned that this means an increase in bicycle thefts in Jersey [13 August 2013].
Think about where your bike is and how it is locked
Some simple steps to help keep you, and of course your bike, safe include:
- Record your bike (take a photo, log the frame number etc) and register it. If the bike's stolen, report it.
- If you're buying a second-hand bike, be vigilant and cover yourself. If you buy a stolen bike, even unknowingly, you can forget about statutory rights – it'll be recovered and you're unlikely to see a penny.
- Don't be naïve. If you're buying a new racing bike for £200 and paying cash, something's not right.
- If you're buying a second-hand bike, use PayPal. The company's buyer protection scheme means that, should your bike later be found to be stolen, you'll be able to recover the money as long as less than 45 days have elapsed.
- Use two different locks (e.g. a cable and a D-Lock) – a thief will have to carry two tools then to steal your bike.
- Think about where you are locking your bike – try not to leave it out on the street overnight. And if you have to, leave it in an area where there is CCTV.
Acting Inspector Craig Jackson of the States of Jersey Police said: “One of the biggest things for us is that people don’t know what their bike looks like and have not taken down the serial number which means when we do recover a bike it is often difficult to reunite them with the owner.
“We also still see people who aren’t locking their bikes and we would urge them to buy a good lock and stop making life easier for thieves.”
Help us catch thieves
If you have information about anyone involved in bicycle theft you can pass this on to the independent charity Crimestoppers, safe in the knowledge that you will remain 100% anonymous. Simply call 0800 555 111 or use our Anonymous Online Form.