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Norfolk Constabulary: #ProperLockIt

29 August 2013

Police in Norwich are urging cyclists to proper lock bikes in the city as a new crime prevention video is launched on YouTube.

The video, called #ProperLockIt, aims to encourage cyclists to think more about security by showing the speed and ease at which cycles can be stolen.

The minute-long clip shows the victim securing her bike to a lamppost with a plastic wire lock while all the time she is being watched by a thief, played by Norwich East officer, PC Dave Block.

As the victim walks off the thief makes his move, checking he s not being watched before getting hold of the handle bars and seat and using brute force to rip the bike from the lamppost

The steal is made in seconds and the lock snaps with ease, offering no challenge to the thief who casually walks away from the scene of the crime.

Norwich Policing Commander, Superintendent Dave Marshall, said he hoped the video would get cyclists thinking about security.

We would recommend using a heavy-duty bike lock, similar to a D-lock, and certified by Sold Secure.

Supt Dave Marshall

He said: We carry out regular patrols in the city centre and are constantly on the look-out for bike thieves but we need cyclists to be more security conscious.

It is easy to forget than some bikes can be worth several hundred pounds and would cost a lot to replace. With this in mind it s worth investing in a decent lock. It makes no sense securing a bike worth 200- 300 with a chain lock which costs 2- 3.

The video has been launched as part of Operation Fusion a high-visibility campaign aimed at tackling bike thefts which sees targeted patrols carried out in theft hotspots and officers stopping anyone with a bike who they believe to be suspicious, checking for proof of ownership.

Several arrests have been made as part of the operation with suspects charged and convicted of theft offences.

In 2011, 728 bikes were stolen from streets in the city compared to 635 in 2012 and 377 so far this year.

Supt Marshall added: The video highlights the ease at which a bike can be stolen, if it s secured with a poor quality lock.

It literally takes seconds .if that.

Quite often offenders will be so brazen that passers-by wouldn t necessarily realise a crime is taking place.

We would recommend using a heavy-duty bike lock, similar to a D-lock, and certified by Sold Secure.

Other top tips for cycle security include:

  • Avoid isolated or dimly lit places leave your bike where a potential thief will be clearly visible.
  • If yours is a very expensive bike, don t lock it in the same place on a regular basis so it won t be noticed and stolen to order.
  • Lock your bike through an immovable object use a proper bike rack, ground anchor or robust street furniture.
  • Make the lock or chain hard to manoeuvre when parked.
  • Keep the gap between the bike and lock small.

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