Beware of bicycle thieves in Kirkintilloch, warns mum

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Don’t let thieves saddle you with the cost of buying a new bike – that’s the plea after a number of alleged incidents in Kirkintilloch.

Residents in Westergreens Avenue, Greens Avenue and The Loaning claim the area was targeted last week.

One local said: “There have been a number of bikes stolen in The Greens. My son’s was almost one of them, but we must have disturbed the person in question.

“I thought it was an opportunist as my son had left his bike locked to the railings at the front of our house. I have since learned of three more which were taken.”

The attempted theft has been reported to Kirkintilloch police, who confirmed “the bike in question was chained, but the male was disturbed and ran off”.

Police Scotland offer a number of guidelines for ensuring your cycle is not stolen.

If your bike is stored in a common stairwell, make sure access doors are secure.

Fasten your bike with two locks to a secure banister, bicycle rack or ground anchor.

If your bike is stored in a shed or garage, fit a good quality padlock to the door using non-return screws.

Cover windows with old curtains and fit wire mesh inside. You should also secure your bike with two locks to a ground anchor.

You are also advised to photograph your bike and find and note your bike serial number – usually on the crankshaft, underneath pedals.

Police recommend you insure your bike, either on contents insurance or separately.

Security mark the frame with UV pen or other method.

When you are out and about, lock your bike, and think about where you leave it.

Using good quality – ideally two different types of locks as a thief will need more tools to steal it.

Lock through the frame and wheel to an immovable object, such as a bike rack, tree or lamppost.

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