POLICE are arresting suspected bike thieves at the rate of one every day.
New figures reveal there have been 210 bikes stolen across the city since the beginning of the year.
With more than five bikes a week taken from homes, businesses, gardens, yards and sheds, police are making the thefts a priority across Wearside.
Extra patrols are being carried out in key areas where thefts take place – in particular the city centre and east of the city and the Washington area –and undercover operations are also taking place.
Inspector Jamie Southwell said: “There have been more than 200 bikes thefts this year, and we continue to take action against those people suspected of being involved, making arrests and recovering bikes wherever possible.
“While some may see this as a lower level crime, some of the bikes stolen are worth hundreds of pounds or more and it’s costly, frustrating and inconvenient for the owners.”
The latest operation involves crime prevention initiatives where cyclists are encouraged to attend with their bikes and have them logged with a property registering website – which increases the chances of getting it back.
Insp Southwell added: “I’d like to reassure people we continue to do everything possible to tackle those people involved in opportunist thefts in Sunderland and would ask anyone with information to contact police.”
l Police are appealing for witnesses after a distinctive bike was stolen between 7.15pm on Sunday and 7.45am on Tuesday.
Raiders took the bike from Belle Vue Crescent, Sunderland, by forcing open a garage door and using bolt croppers.
The custom-built orange bike has the words Orange Crush on the frame. It has White Fox front forks, Hope brake and hubs and a 19-inch frame.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.