'Lock it or lose it,' bike thefts more than double across Harrogate

Bike thefts have more than doubled across Harrogate
Bike thefts have more than doubled across Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police (NYP) are calling for Harrogate cyclists to be vigilant as figures reveal bike thefts across the district have more than doubled in the last year.

As the Tour de Yorkshire and its finish in Harrogate on Saturday, April 29 draws ever closer a series of cycle security events are being held by Harrogate District Community Safety Hub and NYP to combat thefts that have risen from 91, between 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017, to 188.

The events are being held in conjunction by Harrogate District Community Safety Hub and NYP who warn that unlocked bikes account for a large number of these thefts across the district and are aiming to get the public aware of the message 'lock it or lose it.'

Inspector Penny Taylor of North Yorkshire Police said: “Unlocked bikes still account for a number of thefts, so the main thrust of the message must be to ‘lock it or lose it’.

“I’d ask the public to be vigilant and lock their bikes in their garage or shed, even when they are at home, as bikes are often stolen from these places following break-ins.

“We’re offering free advice packs and security marking at these events, so I would urge members of the public to come along and take advantage of this opportunity.”

Free tools to help secure cyclist's bikes will be available at the events and will include free security markings, an information pack, UV marker pen and a cycle passport.

Businesses including Halfords, Specialised, Chevin Cycles, Big Red Bike Company and Prologue will be supporting the campaign by also distributing these security packs out to their customers.

Students at St. John Fisher, St. Aidans, Ripon Grammar and Outwood Academy will also be visited by Harrogate District Community Safety Hub staff and NYP to offer students the chance to have their bikes security marked.

The security sessions begin on Saturday April,8, 1pm to 3pm at Bilton near the end of the cycleway. They continue Saturday April, 15 1pm to 3pm at Ripley at the end of the cycleway, Friday April, 21, 11am to 1pm opposite the Cenotaph on Cambridge Street and Thursday April, 27, 2pm to 4pm at Valley Gardens near the play park.

Advice on cycle security can also be found on the Community Safety Hub YouTube site at www.youtube.com by searching ‘Safer Harrogate cycle security.’