POLICE are warning cyclists to lock up their bikes after a spate of thefts in South Tyneside over the weekend,
People are advised to use good quality locks and make sure they secure bikes, even if leaving it for a few seconds.
Parents are being urged to make sure their children have secure locks and the right advice to make sure their bikes aren’t stolen.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt is urging people to lock bikes in a secure place and not to leave them out, not even in a back garden, as this won’t stop offenders breaking into the garden.
Chief Inspector Pitt said: “Criminals are on the look out for opportunities and a bike that has been left unlocked and out in the open, even in a back garden, is a prime target for a thief and can be stolen in seconds.
“Bikes can be expensive pieces of equipment and people need to start looking after them. If leaving your bike unattended then make sure you secure it to something with a good quality lock.
“Store them in garages or sheds or in doors and make sure your property is securely locked.
“Little steps like this will help you protect your bike and keep thieves at bay.”
The advice is part of Operation Soundwave, a Northumbria Police campaign targeting opportunist thieves and burglars and promoting crime prevention advice to the public.