Police are warning residents of an increase in bicycle thefts throughout Nassau County.
Cindy Shannon, from Malverne, cycles every day and says she is not surprised to hear of the upsurge in bike thefts in the area.
She says it’s important that bikers have the proper locks.
“If I’m going to be in a store for a longer period of time, is your basic cable lock placed through the rear wheels, the bike frame, as well as on the bike rack,” Shannon explains.
Others like Alan Tankoos, who is part of the Long Island Bicycle Club, say they don’t really leave their bikes unattended because they start around $2,000.
“People with high-end bikes really keep an eye on them—and we don’t really leave them unattended,” says Tankoos.
He says cyclists don’t like the added weight of bike locks, so they have to be very careful if they leave their bikes anywhere.
Riders say simple things to make a grab and steal operation more difficult, including strapping your helmet across the bike.
Officials offered a few tips, such as locking bikes to an immovable object and storing bikes in garages or indoors if possible. Cyclists are asked to report stolen bicycles to the police to help find them.