Police are appealing for information from the public after a spate of bicycle thefts in Eastbourne.
Officers are investigating a series of recent break-ins to sheds in the Old Town and Hampden Park areas of the town, during which a number of bikes have been stolen.
Areas include properties off, Decoy Drive, Beechy Avenue, Longland Road, Victoria Drive and Roffrey Avenue, whereby unknown suspect(s) have entered victims gardens overnight or in the small hours; and used force or unknown tools to remove locks on sheds; cycles at each of the properties have been targeted.
Members of the public are being urged to stay vigilant and to take steps to protect their property, and to report any suspicious behaviour to police.
If you think a crime is in action always dial 999.
Eastbourne Police Inspector Barrow said: “We have seen a recent rise in reports of shed break-ins and bicycle thefts in areas of Eastbourne, and we are actively investigating.
“We ask anyone who sees any suspicious behaviour, particularly in areas around sheds and garages, to report it to us. No matter how small you think the information may be, it could help us piece together a bigger picture of what is happening and find those responsible.
“We are particularly interested in any information relating to the whereabouts of these bicycles after they have been stolen. If anyone sees or is offered a bicycle or bicycle parts for sale in unusual or concerning circumstances, please get in touch with us.”
Police can be contacted online or by calling 101. Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
There are a number of steps residents can take to protect their property:
Register it. Get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister. It’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they will be arrested.
Record it. Remember to record details of your bike such as the frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), the BikeRegister number plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
Double-lock it. It can take thieves as little as few seconds to cut through some locks, so use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock. This includes when locking outdoors and inside a shed.