Portsmouth police sell £1,000 of locks in bid to cut bike crime

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POLICE have been flooded with requests for D locks after the cost of cycle theft in the city was highlighted in The News.

Portsmouth city centre officers have sold more than £1,000 of the cut-price locks in the past eight weeks alone.

It comes after figures revealed bikes worth at least £404,000 were stolen in the city last year. So far this year, 28 bikes have been stolen in the city centre.

Officers are selling D locks for £20 each – less than half the normal price – as the cost is subsidised by police.

Sergeant Rob Sutton said: ‘We know from speaking to criminals that they will always target the bike that hasn’t got a D lock on.

‘If your bike is visibly security marked, that, along with a D lock is the biggest deterrent you can have.

‘Don’t just spend a fiver on a “liquorice lock” because thieves will just come along with bolt croppers, snip the lock and nick it.’

Cyclists can pick up a D-lock and get their bike security marked by officers in Commercial Road, Landport, from 10am to 4pm today.

City council trading standards officers are also on hand to offer advice.