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19 September 2012, 11:33
Cambridgeshire Police are warning cyclists in Fenland to make sure their bikes are locked up securely after 15 were stolen recently.
The bikes have been taken from towns including Wisbech, March, Whittlesey and Chatteris since the 29th of August.
According to Police, many were left unsecured outside shops, in gardens and in sheds.
Over last weekend, two were stolen from outside Ingleberry caravan site in Osborne Road, Wisbech, two from the front garden of a home in Southwell Road, Wisbech, and another from a shed at a home in Dartford Road, March.
Crime reduction officer Julie Hanrahan said: "It only takes a few minutes for a bike to be ridden away by a thief so my message would be, If you value it, lock it, don't lose it.
More than half of all bicycle thefts take place at the owner's property.
Simple crime prevention methods can lessen the chance of having a bicycle stolen.
It may seem like there are lots of things to think about when locking a bike but once you get into the habit you will be able to lock your bike within seconds and it will be well worth the trouble."
Cambridgeshire Police advice on ensuring bikes are locked securely:
Anyone with information about bike theft is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.