POLICE are urging cyclists to protect their bikes after a string of thefts across Sunderland.
Bikes have been stolen across the city this month, with thieves mainly targeting bikes left in insecure sheds or left unlocked.
Inquiries into the crimes are ongoing, but officers at Northumbria Police are urging cyclists to stay vigilent and help cut the number of incidents.
Inspector Dave Pickett, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Bike thieves are looking for easy opportunities and are preying on cyclists who leave their bikes outside houses and in gardens and don’t lock them away.
“People must protect their bikes or they will be stolen.
“Always lock your bike when you leave it – even if it is only for a minute.
“Store it in a shed or garage where possible and always use a quality padlock or chain to secure your bike.
“Cyclists can register their bikes on www.immobilise.com which is a property register scheme supported by Northumbria Police.
“They should also consider getting their bike security marked so if it is stolen and recovered it can be returned.
“We run a number of free bike marking events in the county so check the police website for details of one in their area.
“Finally, record the serial number of the bike and photograph it.
“If it is stolen, this could really help officers track it down and return it.”
The city has seen a series of thefts in recent weeks.
Between Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, two bikes were stolen from the rear of a house in St Luke’s Road, Pallion, and between Wednesday, September 5, and Thursday, September 6, a purple ‘WeThePeople’ Crysis bike was stolen from an unlocked shed in Fenton Square.
Between Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, thieves stole a silver Apollo bike from an unlocked shed in Perth Road, Plains Farm,
Between Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, a white Apollo Mogul mountain bike that had been left unlocked and outside the rear of a house in Lilac Street,was taken and between last Friday and Saturday, thieves stole a blue Muddy Fox bike that had been left unlocked in the front garden of a house in Davison Avenue.
Finally, last Saturday, a child’s purple and white Raleigh Crush bike was taken from the back garden of a house in Moorland Square.
Anyone with any information about the thefts or anyone who may have been offered any of the stolen bikes for sale is asked to contact police in Sunderland on 101 ext 69191.