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Police warn of Southampton bike theft spree

People living in Shirley area of city warned to lock up their bikes

Police have warned people living in the Shirley area of Southampton to take extra care of their bicycles after 45 bikes were stolen there in the past six weeks.

The thefts – 19 of them during burglaries – have all taken place since 1 October.

Police believe that unsuccessful attempts have been made to steal bicycles during other burglaries.

Hampshire Constabulary says that the level of bike theft across the city "has stayed steady for sometime but some areas are seeing a spike,” and are urging people to protect their property.

Since October 1 there have been 45 cycles stolen in the Shirley policing area of the city. Nineteen of the bikes were taken in burglaries. It’s believed there have also been other burglaries where thieves have attempted to take cycles but failed.

Shirley Inspector John McGonigle commented: “We have been analysing the data around the bikes stolen and it shows most have been taken in the Redbridge, Millbrook and Coxford area but it doesn’t mean people should get complacent in other parts of the city.

“There is a lot people can do to make it less likely their bike will be targeted.”

He urged people to invest in – and use – a D-lock, and cautioned against leaving a bicycle unsecured in a locked shed or garage, both of which are being targeted by thieves.

Police say that they are deploying “both covert and overt patrols to deter and catch the bike thieves,” and have asked anyone with information to call Shirley SNT on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Cyclists anywhere should obviously take steps to protect their bike as much as they can – have a look at our cycle security tips here.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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