Bike thefts spur call to lock ’em up

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Albany Police are encouraging locals to lock up their bikes after a spate of bike theft in the past two months.

From August to October, Albany police recorded 17 bicycle stealing offences across Albany, particularly in the CBD.

Sergeant Cameron Clifford said out of the 17 bikes stolen, 90 percent were the result of owners leaving their bikes unlocked.

“Most of the bikes we had recorded were unlocked, unattended or in a unsecured shed and half of them were stolen overnight,” he said.

“From the reports that we were given in the last few months, the stolen bikes add up to more than $12,000 worth and that’s only the ones reported with property value.”

Sgt Clifford said from the start of the year to October, Albany police had received more than 100 bicycles into their property store.

“Most of these never had any owner identification and none of them were engraved with the owners’ details making it hard to return to them,” he said.

“We just want to encourage people to not only lock up and secure their bikes whenever possible but to also mark them.

“We have some really great UV marker pens at the station that bike owners can come down and use so when a UV light is put on them we can trace the name and WA licence number.”

Albany police are now donating unclaimed push-bikes to the City of Albany for use in community programs and some will be gifted to the participant. Police are also giving the City some D-Locks, a padlock designed fitted with an alarm to prevent bike theft.

City of Albany Travel Smart Officer Julie Passmore said she was grateful for the bikes.

“We run a few programs through the City of Albany’s Active Albany program, including one called Back on Your Bike which is aimed at getting people that might not have ridden in a while back on their bikes to gain more confidence,” she said.

“Having these bikes donated from the police means that some of our participants that might not be able to own a bike have one to use during the program and possibly to keep after.

“Although we would love the bikes to be returned to their owners, this is a great second-best alternative and much better than seeing them go to a tip or landfill.”

For push-bike ID cards visit the City of Albany website.

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