Resident demands increased security for Portsmouth bike shed

CONCERN Beverley Gill is unhappy Portsmouth City Council will not improve security on sheds. Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
CONCERN Beverley Gill is unhappy Portsmouth City Council will not improve security on sheds. Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
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WITH bikes thefts in the city on the rise, one woman is calling for the council to do more to deter criminals.

Beverly Gill, who lives on the Eastern Road, Portsmouth, has voiced her concerns after a recent spate of stolen bicycles.

Although her bike, along with other residents, is locked in a shed, she is still concerned not enough is being done to protect them.

She said: ‘I have been worried with the recent rise in bike thefts that someone might target ours.

‘We live in a block of flats and there is a shed at the bottom where all keep our bicycles.

‘It has got a padlock but I don’t know if it is enough to deter thieves.

‘I think we should be allowed to have more protection like a high fence with a locked gate and a bigger padlock.

‘Any of these would make a huge difference.’

But the problem with thieves is not the only concern for Beverley.

She added that the shed is often used by young people late at night drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

She said: ‘Quite often, we have groups of young people hanging around the bike sheds.

‘They get up to all sorts of stuff like drinking and drugs.

‘These are our homes and our grounds and I think we should feel protected.

‘That is all we want. To feel safe.

‘Having the little changes will make a huge difference and will put my mind at ease.’

The police are encouraging residents to increase their security when it comes to sheds and their bikes.

Portsmouth has seen a rise of 70 per cent in bike thefts from last year.

There will now be increased patrols in certain areas of Portsmouth.

Temporary Inspector James Noble, who is co-ordinating the operation, said: ‘We are identifying hotspots where the reports seem to be concentrated but this advice is important to everyone.

‘In the majority of cases poor security makes it too easy for thieves.

‘We are doing our best to provide a visible presence in hotspots and identify those involved in this type of crime but really need residents on board, too.

‘Items stored in sheds such as bikes and tools can often be of significant value, please follow our advice to protect your property.’

Police advice says to use a secure bike lock when away from home and to ensure all gates or padlocks are secure if leaving them in a shed.