British Transport Police has released images of two men officers want to speak to after bikes were stolen in a matter of days from the same station. Do you recognise them?
The first theft took place at around 11.25am on Tuesday, 21 April when a man who was carrying bolt cutters forced the door of the secure bicycle shed on the Liverpool bound platform at Blundellsands and Crosby station, entered and stole a bike.
The second bike was stolen from the bicycle shed three days later at approximately 10.55am on Friday, 24 April.
Investigating officer PC Jane McGee said: “I would urge the men in the pictures or anyone who recognises them to come forward to assist us with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B8 of 22/05/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
ADVICE FOR KEEPING YOUR BIKE SAFE AND SECURE:
· Bicycles are a popular target for thieves. Here are some simple tips to ensure your cycle remains secure:
· Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.
· Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
· 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.
· Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.
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