Campaign to clamp down on bike theft in Harrogate area

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A campaign has been launched to stamp out bike thefts in the Harrogate district.

The STOP campaign is to target cycle owners, highlighting the need to lock up bikes and to keep them somewhere safe.

Mel Greaves, of the Community Safety Partnership, said there has been a rise in the number of bikes either using poor quality locks or no locks at all.

“Bike marking alone is not enough to stop a bike thief,” he said.

“If we are to prevent bike theft we must encourage cyclists to lock their bikes with a good quality lock.

“This campaign aims to inform and prevent cycles from being stolen.

“The lock should cost at least 10 per cent of the value of the bike. Remember, lock it or lose it.”

As part of the campaign, bike shops across the Harrogate district are to hand out packs to people buying bikes, containing a UV pen, a secure saddle cover and information leaflets.

For a free campaign pack, contact the Harrogate Community Safety Partnership team by calling 0845 3006091 or email