Police step up patrols after shed burglaries

Stock pic mountain bikes. 24 May 2002
Stock pic mountain bikes. 24 May 2002

POLICE patrols have been stepped up in the south side of Harrogate after six shed and garage burglaries in two weeks.

Thousands of pounds worth of cycles have been stolen in the burglaries.

Among the streets targeted by thieves have been Norfolk Road, West End Avenue, St George’s Road, Royal Crescent, South Drive and Waverley Crescent.

Police in Harrogate say burglars are breaking into sheds under the cover of darkness, stealing high value cycles. In one incident, thieves removed the garage door hinges to steal three bikes.

Sgt Geoff Crocker, who is the lead for the South Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “This is concerning trend, since February 21 we have had six burglaries where high value cycles have been stolen.

“Most of these happened overnight. It is difficult to steal three bikes without the use of a vehicle or storing them nearby.

“We want people to be vigilant especially when locking up at night.”

Police are trying to find the following bikes: a white Scorpion ATB, a black Claude Butler, a dark blue Cannondale Prophet, a red Specialised Rock Hopper, a red Ribble Dedacciai with, a light blue Cannondale R800, a black specialised mountain bike, and a blue Audax.

They are urging residents to remove bike racks when they are not in use, to chain bikes to an anchor point, to always record serial numbers and to keep photographs.

Sgt Crocker said: “We are increasing mobile and foot patrols in the area but will be relying on local people to report suspicious vehicles and behaviour. It won’t be easy to move on such unique bikes such as the Cannondale and the Ribble and anyone who is offered these for sale should contact the police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060247.