POLICE COLUMN: Sgt Andy Browning

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Think bike should not just make you think of a road safety campaign but also the security of your bicycle.

You may have spent hundreds or even thousands of pounds getting yourself or your child a bike but are you keeping it securely? If you like to ride your bicycle, so may thieves.

Many are being left vulnerable in flimsy sheds with a cheap bike lock or no security at all. I’d urge you to make the security fit the bike – if you’ve spent thousands surely it’s worth more than a £5 lock to keep it safe.

Make your bike less attractive to thieves by visibly marking it with Cremark and secure it to a ground anchor or other heavy items with a good quality chain and padlock.

If you are keeping it in a shed or garage consider fitting an alarm and have outside security lights to put off would-be thieves. Fit a tough pad bar to the door of your shed with coach bolts and a strong padlock.

If the worst does happen make sure you have registered your property on www.immobilise.com and also take photographs of your bike to help track it down if it’s stolen.

In other news, an 18-year-old has been charged with theft of a penny farthing.

On Tuesday (25 June 2013), we also arrested and bailed a 29-year-old man on suspicion of a burglary where Pandora bracelets were stolen.

But burglary and theft have not been the only crimes we’ve been dealing with.

Two men from Kimberley have been charged with harassment of two of their neighbours. And a warrant in Brinsley recovered a quantity of copper wiring.

If you want to report a crime in the area call us on 101.

or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.