Police issue warning to Burnham cyclists over opportunistic thieves
have this week issued a warning to cyclists and bikers in the
Burnham-On-Sea area over the threat of opportunistic thieves.
have urged users of bikes to be extra 'security savvy' during
the spring and summer months.
Inspector James Mcaninch said: "Many bike and motorcycle
thefts are opportunist and even leaving a bike insecure for a
few minutes can be long enough for someone to steal it."
use tactics like analysing crimes to identify hotspots for motorcycle
and bike theft and police officers actively patrol those areas
on foot and off-road motorbikes to prevent crimes and deter thieves."
specialist teams also run plain clothes operations all over the
force to catch thieves in the act, arrest them and put them before
the courts to bring them to justice. All
of these things help to stop bike and motorcycle thieves but we
also need owners to be security smart and extra vigilant."
Top tips for securing bikes:
Use two different locks when securing a push bike and
always lock to something fixed.
Always take any parts of the bike which are removable i.e.
saddles, wheels, etc
Always lock your bike when at home. The most secure place
to keep a bike is in the house but if you can't use a garage or
If storing outside, remember to store in a concealed location
and cover your bike to keep it out of view.
Always go for a lock that is accredited by the Association
of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Secured by Design scheme (www.securedbydesign.com).
Consider investing in a ground anchor. An anchor mounted
on a wall will prevent locks having contact with the ground which
leaves them vulnerable to lever, bolt cropper and chisel attacks.
Top tips for securing motorcycles:
Always lock your motorcycle using an approved lock, and
lock it to something fixed.
Have an alarm installed on your motorcycle.
Always use the steering lock when leaving your motorcycle.
If possible, when visiting places other than home, park
the motorcycle in a place easy for you to see, or use a garage.
When at home put your motorcycle out of sight, for example,
in a garage. If it must remain outside then buy a good quality
ground anchor and secure your motorcycle.
If the motorcycle remains outside, then put it under a
security light, and if it is in your garden, then put decent quality
locks on your gate.
When locking your motorcycle, disconnect or remove your
battery. For motorcycles which require a kick-start, try removing
a spark plug, which renders your motorcycle useless to any potential