Bike owners are being urged not to give thieves an easy ride this Christmas.
The warning from police comes after hundreds of people of all ages, yesterday received a cycle as a gift.
Now, officers are hoping owners will take a few minutes to register their new set of wheels with a property logging site, as well as ensure they keep them locked whenever they are not in use.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton, said: “There will be a lot of young people who woke up yesterday thrilled to find Santa had delivered them a new bike.
“But that joy can quickly turn to upset if that bike is then stolen.”
He added: “Crime prevention is the furthest thing from people’s minds at this time of year, but it is imperative people lock up their bikes whenever they are not in use, and also express the importance of this to their children.”
Police say that, in the majority of bike thefts they deal with, cycles have been left unlocked and unattended outside homes and shops.
Insp Sutton said: “The police take the theft of pedal bikes very seriously, and appreciate how much some of them can cost.
“However, there is only so much the police can do, and so much advice we can give.”
People are being encouraged to log their bikes details with Immobilise –- a property logging website – at immobilise.com
This means if the bike is lost or stolen and later recovered, it can be returned to its rightful owner.
For information on bike security, visit www.northumbria.police.uk