POLICE in Wirral need your help to find the owners of six stolen bikes that are currently in their possession.
Do any of the bikes, pictured below, belong to you?
If so, contact Constable Graham Ford on 0151-777- 2094 or email Graham.Ford@merseyside.police.uk and quote the reference number
Trek Bike – Ref 001 (Image: Police Wirral / Faccebook)Giant Bike – Ref 002 (Image: Wirral Police / Facebook)Orbea – Ref 003 (Image: Wirral police / Facebook)Haibike Hardnine – Ref 004 (Image: Wirral Police / Facebook)Haibike Hardseven – Ref 005 (Image: Wirral Police / Facebook)Haibike Hardseven – Ref 006 (Image: Wirral Police / Facebook)
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "If you’ve ever had your bicycle stolen, you’ll know how upsetting it can be. Our practical tips will help keep your bike safe and out of the hands of thieves – and also advise on how to get it back if it is stolen.
"The most important thing to remember is, double lock your bike and register the frame number."
Ten ways to protect your bike
Follow these 10 tips to ensure your bike remains safe, secure and not a statistic
- Using two locks slows thieves down and makes your bike less of a target.Use two quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock. Thieves are less likely to carry multiple tools, so use two different types of lock if possible.
- Lock the frame and both wheels to a secure cycle stand.
- Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.
- Take parts that are easy to remove with you, such as wheels, lights, baskets or the saddle. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently.
- Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
- Register your frame number on the National Cycle Database BikeRegister. The frame number is usually found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in. If your bike is ever stolen and recovered by the police, it can be traced back to you.
- Get your bike security marked. It’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they will be arrested. Security marking products can be found on BikeRegister.
- Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street. Avoid advertising that you have a bike at home, for example, by removing car roof racks, and creating ‘privacy zones’ on apps like Strava to avoid disclosing your location.
- Ask for proof of ownership and check the bike frame number on BikeRegister.
- If your bike has been stolen, contact police as soon as possible by calling 101 or reporting online. Give us your frame number, cycle database number, a photo and any other details and make sure you update the status on the cycle database where you registered it. The sooner police know, the sooner they can act, which might stop it being sold on.