Bike thefts are on the increase in Southport heres advice on how best to secure your bike November 9th, 2015 Connor_Henderson Latest News Shares Comments Thefts of bikes are on the increase in Southport. In many cases the bikes stolen have not even been locked; Just left outside shops and houses. In some cases, bolt cutters or hacksaws have been used to cut locks off. Neighbourhood officers are patrolling to try and catch those responsible and some arrests have been made however, cycle owners need to consider what measures they’re taking to keep their bikes secure. Take these steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cycle crime: ALWAYS lock your bike to a post, railing, tree or other secure object. If possible leave your bike in secure cycle storage, and even then, use a cycle lock as well. Spend at least 5% of the value of your bike on the best quality lock you can buy. Look for something sturdy enough to resist attack from bolt cutters or hack saws. Consider removing quick release wheels, saddles or other easily removable parts. Security mark your bike. A variety of companies offer this service free of charge. Some additional security marking methods require payment. Neighbourhood officers are available to register bikes on thewww.immobilise.com database at any of the 16 Police Surgeries that are. to be held between October and the end of December, listed elsewhere on this web page. Look out for more ‘Bike Marking’ events over the next few weeks. For more information, click on the link attached to the Home Office booklet ‘Stop them taking your bike for a ride’. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!