Bike thefts soar in East Lancs

Bike thefts soar in East Lancs

Bike thefts soar in East Lancs

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

MORE than one bike a day was pinched across East Lancashire last year, new figures revealed.

Almost 600 bicycles were reported stolen in the region in 2013/14, as the number of thefts rocketed, crime data showed.

In Burnley, it shot up 81 per cent compared to the previous year, while in Blackburn with Darwen it increased by 23 per cent.

Hyndburn saw an increase of 44 per cent and Pendle saw a rise of 10 per cent.

Elsewhere, the number of bikes stolen from Rossendale and the Ribble Valley dropped slightly, from 39 to 36, and from 18 to 14 respectively.

Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones said: “There are opportunistic thieves who go looking for metal but who will steal anything. They go into back yards and take whatever they find.

“Cycling is on the up with the rise in the cost of living, and with people becoming wise to looking after their bodies.

“It’s become very popular on the back of the Tour de France, Commonwealth Games in Manchester and our Olympic success.

“We have become a cycling nation, particularly in the north where we have the velodrome. And there are more people cycling and that’s probably led to the increase in thefts.”

In June, police officers in Rishton appealed for residents to keep their bikes more secure after thieves smashed their way into sheds, taking bikes worth up to £900 in a spate of break ins.

Police are now urging cyclists to lock their bike frames to a pair of step ladders, or other bulky equipment kept in their sheds.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Cyclists should remain extra vigilant and take additional security measures to protect their bike.

“People should get their bike security marked, always use a bicycle lock, even if it is just being left for a short time and where possible, keep their bikes in doors.

“Bicycles should be chained to something secure such as a metal fence or lamp post, to stop them being carried away.”

Parents should also be wary of their children leaving them unattended while playing outside.

Anyone with information about a bike theft should call Police on 101.

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5:35pm Sat 9 Aug 14

the beaver says...

Is this for real or just yet another insurance scam? My betting its just another insurance scam.
Is this for real or just yet another insurance scam? My betting its just another insurance scam. the beaver
  • Score: -7

5:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

BelTower says...

Good job you showed a picture of a bike or no one would know what you're talking about.......
Good job you showed a picture of a bike or no one would know what you're talking about....... BelTower
  • Score: 9

7:22pm Sat 9 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

Maybe they are doing as Norman Tebbitt suggested and

"get on your bike and go and look for a job"

Really a chain and lock does not cost much compared with the price of the bike
Maybe they are doing as Norman Tebbitt suggested and "get on your bike and go and look for a job" Really a chain and lock does not cost much compared with the price of the bike TONY WALES
  • Score: 2

8:23pm Sat 9 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Can I use this as a defence in court; in that the Police advised me to chain 'my old bike' in shed, to the set of steps?
..
"C'mon love, am only doing what the Police said I should do.. now get in there! I'll come back and feed you, later."
Can I use this as a defence in court; in that the Police advised me to chain 'my old bike' in shed, to the set of steps? .. "C'mon love, am only doing what the Police said I should do.. now get in there! I'll come back and feed you, later." woolywords
  • Score: 5

9:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

In general there's been a increase in petty crime over the last 12months the reason being ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, answers on a postcard please.
In general there's been a increase in petty crime over the last 12months the reason being ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, answers on a postcard please. mark anthony
  • Score: 4

9:51am Sun 10 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

Mine certainly wasn't stolen by an opportunist - whoever nicked it had to break into a garage which isn't visible from the road, and had the opportunity to walk away with numerous power tools, or rifle through my tool chest.

The only thing that went though was the bike. It was deliberately targetted and whoever took it knew exactly what they were after.

I have to say that the police were very good in the way that they dealt with the incident, but sadly there is no result and isn't likely to be.
Mine certainly wasn't stolen by an opportunist - whoever nicked it had to break into a garage which isn't visible from the road, and had the opportunity to walk away with numerous power tools, or rifle through my tool chest. The only thing that went though was the bike. It was deliberately targetted and whoever took it knew exactly what they were after. I have to say that the police were very good in the way that they dealt with the incident, but sadly there is no result and isn't likely to be. rudis_dad
  • Score: 3

9:52am Sun 10 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

the beaver wrote:
Is this for real or just yet another insurance scam? My betting its just another insurance scam.
Twunt.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: Is this for real or just yet another insurance scam? My betting its just another insurance scam.[/p][/quote]Twunt. rudis_dad
  • Score: 1

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