Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to question over the theft of three bikes from Hampshire train stations

Police chasing thief who stole bicycles from stations

Police chasing thief who stole bicycles from stations

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THIS is a man police want to speak to in relation to the theft of three bikes from Hampshire train stations.

British Transport Police has also issued a warning to cyclists to protect their bikes after the incidents in which bikes totalling £1,500 were taken from Southampton Central and Fareham stations.

In all three incidents the owners cycled to the station first thing in the morning, secured their bikes in racks on the platform then headed to work.

 

But when they returned hours later they were gone.

This investigation into the thefts, which happened between June 23 and July 3, is part of a national crackdown on bicycle theft from stations called Operation Wiggins.

As part of this officers will be at Southampton Central station this week giving advice to passengers on how to look after their bikes.

Det Sgt Sarah White said: “Reducing the number of bikes stolen from railway stations is a major priority and BTP officers are working undercover at local stations to catch thieves in the act.

“There are also steps cyclists can take to reduce the risk of becoming the victim of theft, including bike frame marking and using a high-quality lock.”

British Transport Police advice includes: using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock and that it is up to date; make the lock and bike hard to manoeuvre by putting little room between the stand and the bike and not to allow your lock to come into contact with the ground where it can be seen as more vulnerable.

Further advice is to take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and any key details, which could be important in recovering it, mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which hidden, attached a Coded Cycle label to make it less of a target, do not ride with valuables in open baskets and register your bicycle at immobilise.com or bikeregister.com.

Anyone with information or who can identify the man is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference SSUB/B5 of 31/07/2014 or give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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12:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

mellowdude says...

should be easy to spot, not many people can walk around with 3 bikes at the same time!
should be easy to spot, not many people can walk around with 3 bikes at the same time! mellowdude
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2:32pm Tue 5 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

Operation Wiggins?!

Really?! If you're tackling car theft is is Operation Schumacher?? Drug crimes Operation Escobar??

Still not understanding why Yewtree is so called…….
Operation Wiggins?! Really?! If you're tackling car theft is is Operation Schumacher?? Drug crimes Operation Escobar?? Still not understanding why Yewtree is so called……. camerajuan
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8:51pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Hope the scum bag gets caught but I'm really not surprised anymore when bikes get stolen from public places, the amount of times I've looked at other bikes around mine and thought "Jeez, all these other bikes might as well have neon signs saying "PLEASE STEAL ME, MY OWNER IS STUPID!!!"" Is unbelievable, many have cheap DIY shop bike locks, others have cheap tesco locks, some are even just using a bit of small link chain and a 99p padlock, suggestion is that you should spend about 30% to 40% of your bikes value on locks but don't listen to that suggestion, you should spend as much as possible on good, solid locks, like my Abus cable lock and my square link, 18mm chain and shrouded padlock, I also intend to get an alarmed padlock to draw attention to it if someone tries nicking my bike.
Hope the scum bag gets caught but I'm really not surprised anymore when bikes get stolen from public places, the amount of times I've looked at other bikes around mine and thought "Jeez, all these other bikes might as well have neon signs saying "PLEASE STEAL ME, MY OWNER IS STUPID!!!"" Is unbelievable, many have cheap DIY shop bike locks, others have cheap tesco locks, some are even just using a bit of small link chain and a 99p padlock, suggestion is that you should spend about 30% to 40% of your bikes value on locks but don't listen to that suggestion, you should spend as much as possible on good, solid locks, like my Abus cable lock and my square link, 18mm chain and shrouded padlock, I also intend to get an alarmed padlock to draw attention to it if someone tries nicking my bike. Ginger_cyclist
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