Shining a light on bike theft
As the weather warms up and commuters take to two wheels, police in Adelaide’s central business district are reminding bicycle owners to secure their bike with appropriate locks.
Over the past six months an average of 11 bikes a week were reported stolen in Adelaide’s Eastern District, which covers the CBD.
“We have been looking closely at this problem over recent weeks,” the District’s operations manager Chief Inspector Matt Nairn, said.
“As more people decide to dust off their bicycles in the warmer weather, there is an even greater need for owners to protect their property from opportunistic thieves.“Whatever the value of your bike, it is worth paying for a quality lock to protect it – that means a D or U-style lock that can’t be cut by a pair of easily concealed bolt cutters.”Chief Inspector Nairn said analysis of the theft reports indicated that university students were commonly impacted by this crime.
“Our crime prevention teams work closely with the universities to evaluate hot spots, do bicycle engraving, and owner education, but we also know that the right lock is the first step in protecting this property,” he said.
Of the 297 bikes reported stolen from the Adelaide CBD between 1 April and 30 September, 18 were unsecured and 156 were secured with a lock or chain to a bike rack or other fixture.