Police operation recovers £29k of stolen bikes

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PC Jeff Pritchard with two of the recovered bikes. The bikes were given to police by the Insurance companies after the victims were compensated

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Issued on 3/8/17 at 1:24 p.m.

Police in the city have recovered 43 stolen bikes worth over £28,000 during the last 16 months.

Officers are running an operation which aims to make it harder for thieves to sell stolen bikes through second-hand outlets.

PC Jeff Pritchard from Central Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) has been instrumental to the operation. He said: “I have been visiting second-hand shops in the city, checking bikes and recovering stolen items, as well as educating cyclists on the importance of keeping their bikes secure.

“We urge the public to work with us, to do what they can to minimise the potential for bike thefts. Basic security such as locking your bike, ideally using a security rated D-Lock is always a good start. I would also encourage cyclists to ensure they record the details of their bike in full. Ideally also take a picture, or fill in one of our bike passports and keep it in a safe place.

“For each theft of a bike there is a victim. We try to do what we can to help trace stolen bikes and reunite them with their owners.”

On average PC Pritchard checks 30 bikes per month to see if they have been stolen. Enquiries are made to trace the suspect and, where possible, return bikes to their rightful owners. He has also been warning shops of the consequences of purchasing stolen bikes.

PC Pritchard’s actions have helped to achieve a reduction in bike thefts for the city. From April 2016 to April 2017 there was a 7.9 per cent reduction in bike thefts within the areas covered by Central Leicester NPA.

The good news continues, as Leicestershire Police has achieved a 4.9 per cent reduction in bike thefts across the force area, during the same period.

Inspector Manjit Atwal, Commander of Central Leicester NPA, said: “I am extremely proud of the hard work PC Pritchard has put into tracing and reuniting stolen bikes to their rightful owners. His regular visits to second-hand shops and checking of bikes has been key in reducing crime statistics for the city.”

Cyclist can purchase a D-lock for £10 at Mansfield House Police Station and collect a free bike passport. Alternatively you can download a bike passport here.

For more bike security advice visit www.leics.police.uk/bikes .

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