Bike Thefts In Hatfield
19 February 2015, 06:00
Police investigating a series of bike thefts in Hatfield are appealing for information about two bikes.
Officers believe the bikes, a brown and black BMX and a Carerra yellow and black racing bike, were stolen, and may have been sold on to unsuspecting customers.
PC Chris Duncan said: "We believe these bikes were stolen sometime between 6th and 12th January and were later advertised for sale on Gumtree or other similar websites. We suspect they were purchased by someone with the honest belief that they were being sold legitimately. I would like to speak to anyone who has purchased these bikes to make contact with me as soon as possible as you may have information which can greatly assist the investigation."
If you believe you were sold a stolen bike, please contact PC Chris Duncan via 01707 806793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Two men were arrested on January 13 in connection with the theft of bikes and ten suspected stolen bikes were recovered in Hatfield as part of the investigation.
A 23 year old man from Hatfield was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. A 25 year old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of theft of pedal cycle. Both have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Images of the bikes recovered which police have yet to trace the owners, have been uploaded onto the new website, HertsReunited, which helps reunite members of the public with their lost and stolen property. The website was launched in January by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Constabulary. Potential victims are being asked to look at the bikes on the website to see if they can identify their property.
You can visit the HertsReunited website at www.hertsreunited.co.uk.
There are a number of simple steps that residents can take to greatly reduce the risk of your bike being stolen:
- Lock your bike - when you are out and about on your bike, never leave it unlocked, even if you're just popping into the newsagents; the best kind of lock is a D-shaped shackle lock and make sure it is locked, in a busy place, to something solid like a bike rack, lamppost or railings.
- Remove any quick release wheels or saddles and take them away;
- Store the frame number of the bike under BIKE in your mobile phone so that it can be traced if it is recovered.
- Register your bike on www.immobilise.com, a free online property database which police use to check stolen property. That way, if your bike does get stolen, you have more chance of it being returned to you.
- Remember to lock your shed, preferably with two 'hasp and staple' locks near the top and bottom of the door (your local DIY store will be able to advise you).
- Secure your back garden by shutting and locking any gates. You should also check any boundary fences to make sure they are secure and well maintained.
- If you have a garage, always lock the door securely. Metal 'up and over' doors can be secured with extra locks fitted to either side and/or a padlocked floor-mounted locking 'T' bar. Wooden doors can be secured by two substantial hasps and staples and closed shackle padlocks (your local DIY store should be able to advise you on the most secure options).