Police warning after bike thefts


Kent Police are reminding cyclists to take extra care when leaving their bike unattended in Maidstone.

The warning comes after two reported thefts in the town centre on Monday 3 August 2020.

At 9am, a mountain bike was left locked in the High Street and, when the owner returned a short time later, it had been stolen along with the lock.

A second cycle theft was reported after it was targeted in Week Street between 12.30pm and 1.20pm while the owner went into a shop.

Inspector Mark Hedges of Maidstone’s Community Safety Unit said: ‘Cycles can be easy targets for thieves but you can take some simple steps to protect your property.

`Get a good lock and attach your bike and any removable parts such as the wheels to something secure, even if only you are only leaving it for a few minutes.

‘Don’t forget to take any light fittings or expensive accessories with you.

‘Cyclists should avoid leaving their bike in an isolated place and use locations where a potential thief can be seen by witnesses or on CCTV.’

Further crime prevention advice is available on the Kent Police website using the following link…/crime-prev…/theft-of-a-bicycle/

Anybody with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call us on 01622 604100, quoting crime reference 46/134833/20.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111