Friday, February 13, 2015

Community Safety Cycling Bike Thefts Victoria Police "Over 4500 Bike thefts in Stonnington and Port Phillip, Melbourne during past 10 years" Victoria Police Facebook Eyewatch - Stonnington Police Service Area's Feb. 12th 2015


Over 4500 Bike thefts in Stonnington and Port Phillip during past 10 years. 

"Nearly all (the stolen bikes) were ‘secured’ using cable locks."

Identifying your bike
 

"You can engrave your bike with your driver’s licence number preceded by the letter V for Victoria.
 

This makes your bike easier to recover if it is stolen.
 

Police at Stonnington and Port Phillip police stations will engrave your bike free of charge."
 








Over the past 10 years more than 4500 bikes have been reported stolen from locations within Stonnington and Port Phillip. Most were stolen from the street, balconies or storage cages. Nearly all were ‘secured’ using cable locks. The following advice will greatly reduce the likelihood of your bike being stolen
Bicycle Security tips
• Keep your bike locked when at home. Keep your bike in a locked shed or store it inside your house. If police see someone carrying a locked bike then we WILL ask questions!
• Never leave your bike unattended and unlocked – a good quality U-lock is much harder to break or cut than cheaper chains or cables.
• Lock as much of your bike as you can. Lock your back wheel and frame to a rack if possible. You can remove the front wheel and lock it as well or use a second lock to connect the front wheel to the frame (a lighter cable lock should provide sufficient security for this).
• Lock your bike where it can be seen. Placing your bike near passing traffic or where it can be watched from windows helps to deter thieves.
• Lock your bike to a solid object. Do not lock to objects that are easily cut such as chain wire or tree branches. Make sure your bike can not be stolen by lifting it over the object you have locked it to. Solid bike racks or metal poles are good choices.
 

• Remove accessories such as lights, cycle computer, pump and panniers or bags. If these 

accessories are not removed from the bike, someone might take them. 

Identifying your bike
 

You can engrave your bike with your driver’s licence number preceded by the letter V for Victoria. 

This makes your bike easier to recover if it is stolen. 

Police at Stonnington and Port Phillip police stations will engrave your bike free of charge.
 

 Other things you can do:

• Take a colour photograph of your bike and keep it in a secure place. 


• Record the serial number of your bike (located under the crank)

Leading Senior Constable Mark JAMES Crime Prevention Officer


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