STUDENTS are being warned to protect their bikes from thieves.
Pc Graeme Jenkinson, who is based at the University of Sunderland, is holding a week of free crime prevention events, part of Operation Soundwave, a campaign cracking down on opportunist thieves.
Pc Jenkinson said: “We’re keen to promote the Immobilise website and ensure cyclists have crime prevention advice to help keep their bikes safe.
“It’s vital students secure their bikes – ensuring they use a good quality lock – preferably a D-lock or combination of locks and attach their bike to an immovable object.
“Unfortunately, opportunist thieves do operate across the campus. While we continue to do all we can to tackle those involved, by taking a few security steps, cyclists can reduce their risk of becoming a victim.”
Graeme Robinson, head of facilities, said: “The university is committed to minimising the effects of crime, and we welcome police initiatives that help keep our campuses and residences secure.
“Security staff will also be supporting the activities by providing free D-locks and advice on how and where to secure their bike.”
Pc Jenkinson will be at the following locations:
•Monday, Clanny House, 4pm to 6pm;
•Tuesday, Panns/Scotia, 4pm to 6pm;
•Wednesday, May 14, Prospect Library, 8.30am to 10.30am, and Murray Library, 12.30pm to 2.30pm;
•Thursday, May 15, The Precinct from 4pm to 6pm;
•Friday, May 16, Murray Library, 8.30am to 10.30am, and Prospect Library, 12.30pm to 2pm.
Pc Jenkinson is based at Unit 4 at the university’s Tech Park in Chester Road, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 515 3999.