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Police to tag bikes as thefts spike

Lincolnshire Police officers will be on hand in Lincoln this week to help residents prevent bike crime and fit security tags as thefts in the city have risen.

The Bike Theft Team will at The Shed, on the University of Lincoln campus, on September 21 between 10m and 3pm.

They will be able to discuss bike theft security with cyclists, offering advice and an Immobitag security device, which cost £4.50.

The team are holding this event due to a rise in bicycle thefts over the recent weeks.

Recent incidents include ared and silver Apollo and a purple Raleigh stolen from near Toys R’ Us in St Marks between 6.30pm and 7pm and an Apollo Paradox mountain bike stolen on Canwick Road, between 9.30am and 10.30am, both on September 18.

Police have also advised buying top quality D-locks to stop theives easily cutting through chains.

Inspector Mark Garthwaite said: “We have made a significant amount of arrests recently and we have recovered a large amount of stolen bikes, but there is obviously more work to be done.

“If we work together in the city we will be more effective, so if you see anyone acting suspiciously near a bicycle in the city then please call us immediately.”

Anyone with information on bike thefts or where stolen bikes are sold, contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.