Belfast Telegraph

Cyclists are urged to be vigilant as thefts rise

By Gareth Fullerton

The PSNI is urging cyclists to be extra vigilant following an increase in bike thefts in Northern Ireland.

Police have experienced an upsurge in cycling-related crime, with south Belfast consistently experiencing the highest levels over the past 10 years.

Cyclists are now being encouraged to adopt a number of simple security measures to deter opportunistic thieves.

"Bike thefts are on the rise in Northern Ireland and it continues to be a significant problem," said PSNI Sergeant Pete Cunningham.

"We would urge cyclists to register their bike with a bike registration scheme.

They can do that by contacting their local crime prevention officer.

"This sees your bicycle marked with a permanent visible sticker that includes a QR code that allows police ready access to owners' details. This makes it easier to recover bikes if they are stolen. Also make sure your bike is properly secured with a quality lock when it is left unattended, both at home and when out and about."

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