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VIDEO: Police issue advice to cut bike theft rate

By Andrew Dixon

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AN advice video aimed at reducing the number of stolen bicycles across the region has been made by police.

Northern Constabulary has publicised its ‘Lock It Or Lose It’ campaign on social networking websites YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

"Bike theft is an issue across Scotland and is something we are not immune to in the Highlands and Islands," said Inverness-based crime prevention officer Ewan McGibbon.

"However, there are things you can do to reduce the chance of it happening to you. We hope that by making this short video we can highlight the issue to as many people as possible."

Police are regularly alerted to bike thefts.
Police are regularly alerted to bike thefts.

Bike thefts are reported to police on a regular basis and abandoned cycles are being reported on a daily basis.

"The first, and most important, thing to do is buy a lock and use it. Any lock is better than no lock at all," PC McGibbon added.

"Always attach your bike to a solid, immovable object, ideally a bicycle rack. Never secure your bike by the frame only, as it would take someone only two minutes to strip everything from your bike. Accessories such as mileometer, lights, bike bag, pump and water bottles are vulnerable."

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