I’ve just had word from Roger Smith at The Corrective (the mountain biking arm of the CCCC).

The low life bike thieves appear to be around the area again. I have spoken to the police and they are aware of the recent incidents. If you wish to make a note of local police contact details incase you witness an incident or are suspicious you have been followed home by thieves, then there are some details below. Prevention is best cure so make sure you are aware in case a car is following you, and try giving them the slip by riding around a bit more before you go to your house. When you get home, secure your steed asap and preferably in your house if you can.

Recently made aware to me have been a Green Subaru Legacy Estate with bright “555” race logos on it and a blue Vauxhall Vectra estate. These have been reported as suspicious and spotted around the Daisybank car park area – usually with 3 or 4 males in them.

  • Crime in progress – 999/112
  • Suspicious circumstances – 0845 090 1234 (or 999, if you think that a crime is imminent!)
  • Info – 0845 090 1234

(If people have specific info on a crime that has already happened or can identify those responsible for committing one, then should they wish to remain anonymous, they can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111)

If people have specific info re a historic event, you can contact 0845 090 1234 and ask to be put through to Leckhampton police station. People to talk to then would be either PS Tim Hutchinson, PC Margaret (Billy) Chapman-Smith, or PC Adam Williams. All three of them are involved in trying to tackle this problem at a local level.

Cheers,
Roger.

They tend to follow riders home from Leckhampton and then break in once they’ve gone out or gone to bed. If you’re biking up there be very careful to make sure you’re not followed home. The best way is go home without passing through the main car parks, and try to take off-road routes where you can (e.g. sandy lane and the various footpaths through town) if you can. Obviously this is more tricky if you’ve driven up there – in that case you’re better off not using a bike rack, and not putting obvious stickers on the car (MBUK, Dirt, Rockshox, etc). Maybe a bit of crazy-ivan avoidance tactics, or driving the long way around. All common sense really.

The cars to look out for at the moment are a green Subaru Legacy (emblazoned with big yellow 555 stickers) and a blue Vauxhall Vectra estate. They don’t always park in the car parks either – they’re often on Leckhampton road (or in one of the little side-roads) waiting for people to pass.

One Response to “Low life bike thieves”
  1. Olly says:

    And now this from the local police force:

    Leckhampton Police area which covers from Benhall in the west to Charlton Kings and Battledown Park in the east, is experiencing a marked rise in the number of Bike thefts within the area. These thefts are occurring both from push bikes left unattended and by forcing entry into sheds and garages.

    The Safer Community Team, based at Leckhampton is urging residents to follow basic crime prevention techniques including those listed below and to report any suspicious activity immediately.

    • Do not leave pushbikes unattended and unlocked. This includes both public areas and private gardens.
    • Consider locking pushbikes inside and to the shed or garage.
    • Ensure that your garage and shed have a good level of physical security and that locks are utilised.
    • Do not leave keys accessible inside the house.
    • Record frame numbers and security mark your pushbike and other valuables.

    Importantly – if you are a keen cyclist and attend known biking venues such as Leckhampton Hill, please report any persons or cars paying attention to cyclists or following you to your home address.

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