Police warning after Forfar bike thefts

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Local cyclists are being warned to secure their bicycles properly after recent thefts in Forfar.

A burgundy Claude Butler bicycle was stolen between 7.30 p.m. on Sunday, May 10 and 8.30 a.m. the following day from a close in Langlands Road, .

In Fruithill, a black and white-framed Vertigo BMX bike was stolen from a back garden between 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

On a number of occasions pedal cycles have simply been taken because few security precautions have been taken.

Police Scotland is advising that bikes be kept under lock and key when not in use and kept out of public view. Similar steps should be taken while out and about - always lock a bike to a robust, immovable object, either a bike rack or street furniture such as lamp posts or railings. It should also be locked through the frame and removable parts secured.

Owners should take a clear colour photograph of their bikes and make written records of descriptions so they can be reported accurately if stolen. Security marking should also be considered as there is a number of proprietary marking and tagging systems available on the market.

Sergeant Charlie Colvin, Safer Communities, Angus, said: “Invest in a quality lock such as a hardened steel D-shaped lock. It is worth spending proportionately more on a lock for a more expensive bike. It may seem like there are lots of things to think about when locking your bike, but once you get into the habit you will be able to lock your bike within seconds and it will be well worth the trouble.”

Anyone with information with information about these incidents should call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.