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Cyclists urged to buy good locks after theft spike in Lincoln

By AlexColman  |  Posted: September 17, 2012

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Police are urging cyclists to invest in good quality locks after an increase in thefts in Lincoln.

There has been a spike in bicycle theft in Lincoln in the last couple of months, despite a number of arrests being made.

High value bikes are targeted that have been locked to bike racks, lampposts and railings.

Thieves are using bolt croppers and hacksaws to cut through cheap chain and combination locks.

This is easily done in a matter of minutes and officers are urging cyclists to invest in D-locks for around £20.

Lincolnshire Police claim bikes with D-locks are rarely stolen because it is too difficult and it takes too long to cut through them.

Insp Mark Garthwaite said: “It is well worth the investment when you are talking about protecting a £500 bike.

"None of the bikes we have had stolen in recent months have had D-locks, we know they just don’t get stolen.

"So if you have a high value bike then please make that extra investment and get a decent lock.

“We have made a significant amount of arrests recently and we have recovered a large amount of stolen bikes, but there is obviously more work to be done.

"If we work together in the city we will be more effective, so if you see anyone acting suspiciously near a bicycle in the city then please call us immediately.”

"Officers are advising cyclists to look up for the CCTV cameras in the city and to lock their bikes to railings they can see are covered.”

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  • peeunit  |  September 20 2012, 12:20PM

    There are lock manufacturers (Magnum springs to mind) who offer a guarantee. If you bike is locked up properly, and stolen, they will re-imburse you up to a certain value, obviously on top of your insurance as well. Its also worth thinking what your insurance excess is. Maybe £50? Then spend that on a really good lock instead.

  • Roadscource  |  September 19 2012, 12:57PM

    Bring back Village Stocks then we can all see who the worthless morons are and we can all keep an eye on them, or are the criminals rights more important?

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  • screenman  |  September 17 2012, 7:57PM

    People do not need to ride cheap old banger bikes, what they need is to have scum bag thieves locked up.

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  • peak3  |  September 17 2012, 5:38PM

    police say buy a £20 or more value lock, what a laugh. a tacky none valuable but usable bike is what people need that nobody else will be interested in, same old story have a newish expensive car & its gone, have an old none valuable car & its still there.

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  • Localperson55  |  September 17 2012, 5:20PM

    http://tinyurl.com/9u7xkle This might be useful to some. The advice is to fit two different types of locks and their value should be about 10% of the value of the bike.

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