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Police warn Leicester cyclists over upturn in cycle theft

30 per cent rise in bikes being stolen in East Midlands city over past two years prompts action

Police in Leicester are holding a series of events to warn cyclists to take precautions to avoid their bikes being stolen after a sharp increase in thefts of bicycles in the city.

The Leicester Mercury says that the cycle theft awareness sessions will be held in city centre locations including by the Clock Tower, and come after 33 separate incidents were reported to Leicestershire Police in a two-week period last month.

The sessions will include highlighting how easy it is for thieves to break cheap locks – with some recent thefts being of bikes that were secured with cables that could be cut with nothing more than a pair of garden secateurs, according to police.

Inspector Simon Preston, commander of city centre police, commented: "We will be doing this work in the very near future at the Clock Tower and other high profile locations.

"It's an education exercise so we'll be showing people how to secure their cycles and how easy it is to break some of the cheaper locks."

People are advised to park their bikes in safer locations including the Bike Park on Town Hall Square as well as at Leicester railway station, and to take photographs of the frame number and other distinctive features of their bikes.

The newspaper says that after 500 recorded thefts of bicycles in the city 2012/13, the figure jumped to 573 for 2013/14 and according to police is likely to hit 650 for the current financial year – an increase of 30 per cent in just two years.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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