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Message from Bath police regarding recent bike thefts

jamescwjamescw Posts: 87
edited January 2011 in MTB stolen
PC Chris Leadbeater from Bath police has just contacted us with some advice following a rise in bike thefts in the city. Over to him...

Between 01/08/2010 and 01/12/2010 we've had 86 recorded pedal cycle thefts in Bath alone. Of these, 45 have been in the city centre area. The bikes taken vary in style and value, and the overwhelming majority appear to have been left secured and in authorised areas. Offences have taken place both in daylight and nighttime hours.

To combat this police have been stepping up both plain clothed and uniformed patrols in the city centre area and are working in conjunction with BaNES CCTV operatives to try and catch the persons responsible. We need cycle owners to be aware of this ongoing issue and report any cycle thefts that they may be subject to.

We also need to know of any persons who return to their cycles and find damage done or evidence of an attempted theft. This will help us build a picture of the patterns of offending. It seems likely that it'll be the same group of persons responsible for each offence and if we're able to track their movements then it can help us to close the net on them.

Our advice at this time is for cyclists to still use and enjoy their bikes as they would normally but to pay particular attention to where they leave them and if possible to disable the bike before walking away from it.

If a bike does get stolen then it's always handy for us to have a photograph of it so this can be passed to all officers for their observations. Also, if owners can record their serial numbers and get their cycle post code stamped or marked this helps us link found cycles back to the legitimate owners.

It's always good for us to know the type of lock used to secure it and if the lock has been cut we'd like to be able to view the remains of it. This helps us track the method used in the theft and the type of implements used to disable the lock.


  • I've moved from Liverpool to Bath in recent times and laugh out loud everytime I walk/cycle past a certain bike on my daily commute.

    Someone feels that they have secured their (not cheap) hardtail by putting a lock through the back wheel on a day to day basis. To make things worse it's even a quick release.

    Bath isn't a city that is used to bike theives...
  • joec1joec1 Posts: 494
    hmmm. im just thankful i leave mine locked up in the living room :D where its nice and warm.

    have to agree with Nicholls2k, people dont seem to understand the importance of properly locking a bike up. im suprised theres nothing in the chronicle or local news ot encourage better security. - MTBing in Wilts and the southwest, join up for info and ride details.
  • A few dodgy looking characters on bikes which I suspect are stolen are being ridden around the Downend area of Bristol at the moment.

    A bright green Commencal CG max max jump bike
    A Kona Blast, black with red hope hubs
    A black Specialized jump hardtail - P1 cro-mo

    Downend is only 10 miles from Bath, the rider of the Kona said he bought it for £50.00 yesterday.

    Has been reported to Police.
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