Police advice on protecting your new bike from theft

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Police in Wealden are reminding those who got a new bike for Christmas to make sure it is protected from theft.

In the UK, a bicycle is stolen every minute and fewer than five of those are returned to their owners.

Police are issuing guidance on keeping bikes safe.

A police spokesperson said, “When not using your bike always secure it using a sturdy bike lock (D locks or combination locks are best).

“We recommend that you spend a quarter of the bike’s value on a decent lock or chain.

“If leaving your bike in public, lock it to something secure like a bike rack or lamppost. If there are no bike racks, contact your local council to ask if they can put some in.

“Make the lock and bike difficult to manoeuvre when parked - keep the lock away from the ground and keep the gap between the bike and lock small. This makes it much harder to cut through.

“When parking your bike at home try to keep it out of public view in a secure shed or garage.”

Police also recommend taking out insurance or extending your home policy.

If you are a victim of bike theft you can report it online by visiting the website at www.sussex.police.uk, by calling 101 or at your local police station.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.