May 23 2013 Latest news:
Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Police want to speak to this man after a bicycle was stolen from Upminster station.
Always lock your frame and both wheels to a cycle stand when leaving your bike.
Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure you use a recognised security standard lock like a D-lock, extension cable or heavy chain lock.
Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.
Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.
Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.
Don’t ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.
Register your bicycle at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com.
The victim had only owned the bike for a month when it was taken from the station’s cycle shed on Wednesday, November 14.
Superintendent Gareth Williams of British Transport Police said: “Cycles are a popular target for thieves because of their sell-on value, but people can take a number of steps to ensure their bike is adequately marked and secured to help reduce their risk of it being stolen.
“It’s important that you register your bike and use a solid lock to secure it. If your bike is adequately marked it reduces its desirability to thieves because it will easily be identified as stolen property.”
If you recognise the man in the CCTV image, call BTP on 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference B11/LNA of 11/03/2013 and image number five.