Police are calling for cyclists not to give thieves an easy ride – as figures reveal more than three push bikes are stolen every day in Boston.
Since the beginning of April, more than 100 pedal cycles have been stolen – with over three insecure bikes pushed away each day in recent weeks.
Boston Community Inspector Dave Rimmer said: “We are tackling this crime as a priority and a number of initiatives are being launched to both prevent and detect crime.
“I would urge people to take more care and to do all they can to protect their possessions. Locked cycles are being ignored as there are plenty of unlocked cycles that are an easy target for the thieves.
“Cycles in gardens are also vulnerable and should be securely chained or placed inside a locked shed or garage.”
Many of these thefts are decribed as ‘opportunist’ with people simply taking insecure bikes to ride them home before dumping them.However, a large number are not left for recovery and are never seen again.
Recovered bikes, including children’s trikes, are held at Boston police station for 28 days. After this they are auctioned off via an approved contractor with revenue going into the police property fund and being put back into the community.
At present there are only six in the station’s found property, but in the past as many as 60 have been held in storage.
Police say it is important to be able to put an identification mark on your bike.
“Distinguishing features – even if it’s just a postcode, making a record of the serial number or taking a photo of it – can make the difference bewteen recovering your bike or not,” said Sgt Gary Joynes.
“Simply saying ‘it’s a blue mountain bike’ will often not be enough to identify it.”
A number of cycle tagging events are planned for the Boston area, with dates to be confirmed soon.