Rise in bike thefts in Corby

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Forty bikes have been stolen from Corby in the past two months, leading police to offer crime prevention advice to cyclists.

Twenty three pedal bikes were reported stolen during April and 17 in May. Some were stolen during burglaries while others were taken from work premises or public places.

Local officers will be holding surgeries and attending local events over the coming weeks to give out crime prevention advice and offer people the chance to get their bicycle security marked.

Officers have already tagged more than 170 bikes, with the aim of making them less attractive to thieves as well as making it easier for the police to trace the rightful owner in the event of the bike being lost or stolen.

You can Corby’s local policing pages here to find out when and where they will be running their bike-marking events.

Police have also issued are some crime prevention tips to help keep your bike safe:

o Always lock your bike, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes.

o Get a good bike lock (preferably a D-Lock) and attach your bike to something secure, eg a bike rack or a lamppost.

o Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed and make sure the door is kept locked.

o If you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you.

o Remove lights from the bike and take them with you.

o Register your bike at www.immobilise.com.

Anyone who is offered a second-hand bike for sale and is suspicious about the circumstances, or anyone with any information about bike thefts, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.