Cycle theft spate prompts warning
10 September 2013
Police in Norwich are urging cyclists to be vigilant following a
spate of thefts in the south of the city.
Six incidents have been reported since the end of the August,
with several taking place in the Golden Triangle, prompting a
warning from local officers.
Incidents have been reported in Primrose Place, Hanover Road,
Beeching Road, Robin Hood Road, Grove Road and Cambridge
In the majority of cases bikes have been taken from gardens or
outside properties, with two of the cycles stolen worth more than
Inspector Jon Papworth, from the local policing team, said: We
will be increasing our patrols in this area in a bid to reduce
thefts but we also need help from members of the public.
I would urge cyclists to make sure bikes are not left insecure,
even if it s only for a few minutes, and for residents to be
vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police using the
non-emergency number 101.
It can take just a few seconds for a thief to steal a bike,
demonstrated in a recent crime prevention video by Norfolk
Police (see above) called #ProperLockIt.
The YouTube video aims to encourage cyclists to think more about
security by showing the speed and ease at which cycles can be
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
- 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
- Keep the gap between the bike and lock small.
Anyone with information about the recent incidents should
contact the Norwich South Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.