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15 June 2015, 07:11
Cyclists around Hemel are being warned to be on their guard after 16 bikes have been reported stolen since the start of last month.
Most of them were taken from gardens or driveways during the late evening or overnight.
The thefts happened in the following places:
Hill Common and High Street overnight between April 30 and May 1
Haleswood Road on May 1
Hill Common on May 11
Masons Road on May 14
Bennetts Gate on May 13
Alexandra Road overnight between May 16 and 17
Washington Avenue on May 19
Elstree Road on May 23
Hatfield Crescent between May 28 and May 29
Alexandra Road between May 30 and June 1
Gamis Place on June 3
Redbourn Road between May 25 and June 3
Marlowes on June 4
Riverbank, Piccotts End overnight between June 4 and 5
Barley Croft on June 8
Neighbourhood Sergeant Adele Hopkin said: “In many of these cases, opportunist thieves have been taking bikes which have been left unlocked in gardens or on driveways.
"I would therefore urge people to make sure they leave their bikes out of sight by securing them inside a shed or garage wherever possible.
“I would also encourage bike owners to make sure they take photos of their bikes and get them security marked and registered on the free online property database www.immobilise.com. That way, if your bike does get stolen, you have more chance of it being returned to you.”
Anyone with information about the bike thefts is asked to contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team via the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.