Wednesday August 7, 2013
A message to Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators:
Across London there has been a growing trend of stealing cycles from garages and sheds. In your role as NHW coordinators could you please ask all of your NHW colleagues to be particularly vigilant to this type of crime and advise local communities of the benefits of two good quality locks placed on cycles (as thieves generally carry only one type of tool) and securing them to an immovable object. Audible shed alarms are also a great deterrent and please lock away tools.
To successfully deal with this type of crime the MPS seeks information as to where these stolen cycles are being taken to and sold from. We would ask NHW and cycle clubs/enthusiasts to contact police if they become aware of any premises (residential or other) where different cycles are being regularly seen there. A recent arrest found a male with three stolen cycles in the living room of his flat and he was busy filing off the serial numbers. Many stolen cycles are being sold through the internet.
Cycle enthusiasts who regularly visit specialist sites can help the police combat this type of crime by reporting web activity and adverts which lead them to believe stolen cycles are being sold. It is the cyclists with specialist knowledge who can assist police by being our eyes and ears against crimes being committed against your community.
Anyone having information or concerns should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or please notify your NHW Coordinator who will ensure it reaches Hammersmith & Fulham Police.