As summer approaches, Norfolk Police are seeing an increase in reported incidents of stolen bicycles in the North Norfolk area.
Over the past month (April-May 2022) police have received a number of reports of stolen bikes across North Norfolk including Cromer, Walsingham, Sheringham, Wells, Little Snoring and Northrepps.
As officers continue to investigate these reports, bicycle owners are being provided with the following crime prevention tips:
- Invest in a good quality lock for your bike, at least to CEN security level 3-4. D-locks are the most effective and a worthwhile investment
- Use a padlock to secure the bike stand, rim, and frame together, making it harder for a thief to steal
- Never leave your bike unlocked in a public place
- Take photos of your bike for proof of ownership and records of its appearance
- Consider registering your bike using a third-party service to further protect it, such as Bike Register or immobilize
- Find a suitable place to leave and secure your bike – dark alleys, drainpipes and poles should be avoided
- Bikes kept in garages and sheds should also be properly secured. Alternatively, if there is space, inside the house is the safest place to store your bike.
- Have your bike safety marked by your local Safer Neighborhood Police Team, making it easily identifiable, if recovered
You can report a stolen bike incident or any other type of crime on our website: www.norfolk.police.uk/contact-us/6-report-it
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation of stolen bikes in North Norfolk over the past month is asked to contact Sergeant Toby Gosden at North Walsham Police Station on the telephone number. 101.
You can also contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously at 0800 555 111.