Spate of bike thefts in Hitchin prompts calls for cyclists to be more vigilant

Herts police are advising people to be more vigilant with their bikes

Herts police are advising people to be more vigilant with their bikes - Credit: Archant

Cyclists are being warned to be more vigilant after 38 bikes were stolen in a town over a four month period.

The bikes have been stolen from various locations throughout Hitchin including High Street and Wratten Close, with the first incident recorded on April 1.

In response Herts police are advising people take on a variety of security measures including always locking their bikes and recording the frame number so that a stolen bike can be traced more easily.

Guy Westwood, investigating officer and Hitchin Neighbourhood Team sergeant, said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have been in the affected areas over the last month and who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously with bikes to get in touch.

“We are currently following a line of inquiry that these thefts are linked and are doing everything we can to put a stop to it. If you have seen someone acting suspiciously, if you have been offered a bike for sale or if you have an idea who could be responsible for these thefts, please get in touch as soon as possible.

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“Any information you provide could significantly help with my investigations.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary offers the following advice to help prevent your bikes from being stolen:

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* Never leave your bike unlocked - even if you’re just popping into a shop.

* Use two forms of lock, such as a D-lock plus a chain or padlock.

* Check that the bicycle cannot be lifted off the object to which it’s secured.

* Remove any quick release wheels or saddles and take them away.

* Store the frame number of the bike under BIKE in your mobile phone so that it can be traced if it is recovered.

Anyone with information should contact Hers police non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference number G1/14/1322. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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