Bike thefts in Angus is rising warn police

A bike recently stolen from Montrose

A bike recently stolen from Montrose

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The rising number of bicycle thefts, especially locally, is concerning Police Scotland.

Pedal cycles have simply been taken away by thieves, as there have been very few security precautions in place.

Police say, overnight keep your bike locked and out of public view. Out and about, remember thieves can remove drainpipes and lift bikes off signposts.

Take a photograph of your bike and record its description, so that you can report it accurately if stolen.

Security mark your bicycle. To be effective a security mark must be clearly visible and advertise that the bike is marked. Attaching a clearly visible label is a simple option. Use a tamper-resistant label, etching, etc, or an inaccessible electronic device. It should be placed in at least two separate, hidden locations, preferably on or in the frame.

Register your bicycle model, make and frame number. Contact your local community policing teams for further advice.

Sergeant Charlie Colvin, Safer Communities, Angus Local Policing Area said: “Invest in a quality lock such as a hardened steel D-shaped lock. It is worth spending proportionately more on a lock for a more expensive bike. There is much to think about when locking your bike, but once you get into the habit you can do it in seconds.

“Don’t help create a market in which thieves can operate. If buying a second-hand bike, make sure the seller owns it.”

If you have information you think may be useful to Police call 101 or in an emergency 999. You can provide anonymous information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.