THE top ten bike theft hotspots in Gosport have been revealed in a bid to help people keep their property safe.
Several roads in the town centre feature in the top ten list, along with roads in Alverstoke, Holbrook, Grange and Brockhurst.
It comes as Gosport Community Safety Partnership and Hampshire police want people to register their bikes and lock them up securely.
John Beavis is the chair of the partnership.
He said: ‘Unfortunately there’s quite a lot of bike thefts in Gosport, which is a shame.
‘We hope that people will record their serial number and lock them up.
‘Thieves do go into people’s sheds and steal bikes from there too.’
Police said that of 74 bikes stolen from back gardens in Gosport recently only 15 of them were locked up.
People are being advised to install lights in their back gardens, lock bikes to an immovable object inside the shed or keep them inside their homes instead.
Jenny Wilson, 30, of Merstone Road, Gosport, was left upset when three bikes were stolen from her shed.
She said: ‘It was upsetting to start with, I’d never had anything stolen before.
‘We keep them in the house now, we won’t put anything else out there.’
Sgt Lesley Meenaghan, from Gosport police, said many bikes are stolen when the owner goes into a shop and leaves the bike unlocked.
She said: ‘It’s a never ending problem in Gosport.
‘There are really simple steps the public can take.
‘It’s about people protecting their property more.’
She added that cyclists who lock up their bikes in one place for an entire day – such as the Falkland Gardens – should consider locking them up somewhere else.
She appealed anyone with information about who is handling stolen bikes to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The top 10
- Mumby Road
- Forton Road
- Brockhurst Road
- High Street
- South Street
- Walpole Road
- Gomer Lane
- Anns Hill Road
- Forest Way
- Grange Lane