Police launch appeal following theft of bicycle from Blethcley Railway Station

MPMC cycle theft  Bletchley Stn

MPMC cycle theft Bletchley Stn

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Police have released CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a bicycle from Bletchley Railway Station.

The theft occurred on Sunday, November 30.

MPMC cycle theft Bletchley Stn

MPMC cycle theft Bletchley Stn

PC Robin Lowth, investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 50-year-old man from Bletchley, secured his blue Apollo mountain bike in the dedicated cycle racks at the station.

“Sadly, the cycle was stolen from the racks shortly after 2pm.

“Enquiries have been ongoing since the theft took place to establish who took the bike.

“I am today able to release photographs of two people I would like to identify and speak to as I believe they will have key information about this incident.”

Britsh Transport Police say bicycles are a popular of thieves at train stations. However, it is cracking down on this type of crime with a dedicated team of officers specifically focused on tackling this issue.

Officers are carrying out a variety of initiatives to catch thieves in the act. They are also working closely with cycle and second-hand shops in the area and monitoring online auction and advertising sites to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen property.

Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote incident reference MSUB/B1 of 24/12/14.

Advice for keeping your bike safe and secure:

> Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.

> Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.

> Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.

> Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.

> Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.

> Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.

> Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.

> Register your bicycle at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com