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By Anthony Carroll
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Thanks to the exploits of cycling Olympic stars Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy bicycles are fast becoming a must have item as more people buy them to get fit and travel to work.
But in Norfolk it seems as if bicycles are proving popular for more nefarious reasons.
Police figures for Norfolk show that between May and July the number of bicycles stolen in the county has shot up.
For May there were 83 reports of “pedal cycle thefts” but the number of thefts rose to 115 in the June figures and then rose to 120 for July’s.
But across the border in Suffolk there is a stark contrast as the number of pedal cycle thefts has fallen by 35pc between April and July compared to the previous period.
For Norfolk the figures for May, June, July show that in Norwich there were 150 reported thefts with 44, 55 and 51 stolen over three monthly periods.
In King’s Lynn the three month cycle theft figures for May, June and July were seven, 18 and 17 and in Great Yarmouth the number of reported incidents was 12, 22 and 18.
The figures show in Breckland there were five, five and 14 thefts for each three monthly period, in North Norfolk there were seven, five and nine, in South Norfolk there were three, five and five and in Broadland there were five, five and six for May, June and July.
The rise from 83 to 120 thefts over the three months has lead to Norfolk police issuing a warning to cyclists to make sure they keep their bicycles secure.
A police spokesman said: Leaving your bike insecure is an open invitation for a thief – lock it through the frame to an immovable object, within a secured shed if possible.
“Avoid leaving your bike in isolated or dimly-lit places, and keep the gap between the lock and the bike small so it’s hard to move around when parked.”
In Suffolk during April, May, June and July police recorded a 35pc decrease in pedal cycle thefts - 237 fewer offences than the previous period.
For Beccles and Bungay area bicycles theft were 68pc down, in Halesworth and Southwold there was a 62pc reduction, for the north Lowestoft area there was 40pc fall and in south Lowestoft there was a 34pc reduction.
A Suffolk police spokesman said: “Cycle security is important to prevent crime in Suffolk. Bike crime is low in the county and by following a few simple steps you can help reduce the risk of cycle theft.”
Other police advice for cyclists includes investing in good quality locks, having security markings and getting bicycles insured.