Today, the Newcastle City Police District Facebook page posted some information about thieves targeting the theft of bicycles in Newcastle. We’ve taken that info and put it into an easily read list to help you keep your chosen mode of transport safe and sound.
Tips to stop your bike getting nicked in Newcastle
1. When possible don’t leave your bike in a public or commonplace
2. Never rely solely on a bike cable lock – use a good quality bicycle lock. Quality bicycle locks are U-Locks or D-Locks. Although these locks cannot guarantee the safety of your bicycle, they are very hard to remove. Also, consider tethering the front and rear wheels if they are quickly detached
3. Lock the bike to something that cannot be removed or lifted over
4. Allow for as little space within the lock as possible
5. Park it in a place that is well lit and in full view of the public
6. Engrave or permanently mark the bicycle with a number or word that is unique, for example, your driver’s licence number
7. Record the purchase date, brand, model, make, size, colour, serial number, type of frame, number of gears and take a photo of your bicycle.
The police have also advised that If your bicycle is stolen you should report the theft to Police immediately or as soon as possible.
When you make contact they need you to provide them with all the relevant details including any identifying features along with your photograph of you and your bike if available.
If you’re unlucky enough to have your pushy stolen, you should contact your local Police Station on the number provided in the phonebook or phone the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.