WOULD-BE bike thieves are being warned they could be caught out by a ‘stinger’ bike.
As part of a crackdown on bike thefts, police in South Tyneside are deploying ‘stinger’ cycles throughout the borough.
Police can track the movement of the bike and catch thieves in the act.
The action is part of Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling crimes such as theft and silencing criminals involved in volume crime.
Last week a man was arrested and charged in connection with a bike theft after being caught by a stinger bike.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: “Bike thieves should be warned if they steal a bike, there’s a chance it could be one of our stinger bikes and we will catch and arrest them.
“Thieves often target bikes as they can be easier for them to steal and I’d urge members of the community to help play their part and make it difficult for these thieves.
“Crime prevention is vital, it can make the difference between a bike being stolen or not – a thief is more likely to target a bike that is left lying on the ground or propped against a wall than a bike that is securely locked to a fixed post.
“Bikes are valuable items, often worth thousands of pounds, and we would always advise people to make sure they register them on the national property registering database immobilise – if the bike is lost or stolen and recovered by police it can be returned to the owner.
“Our activity to target thieves will continue, we will continue to take action to make sure thieves are caught and put before the courts.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “Reducing crime and improving confidence in our communities are priorities in my police and crime plan and I hope people will work with the police helping by taking extra care when they leave their property unattended and signing up to the national property database immobilise.
“Together we can make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.”
Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.pnn.police.uk
To register items on the national property registering database immobile, visit www.immobilse.com