Drop in number of bikes stolen from the railway

The number of bikes stolen has fallen
The number of bikes stolen has fallen
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TRANSPORT police and cyclists are warning people to be vigilant with their bikes at train stations — despite a decrease in thefts.

The number of bikes stolen from stations dropped in the area from 126 to 94 last year.

But a detective from British Transport Police (BTP) is warning people to stay vigilant.

Detective Sergeant Sarah White said: ‘While we welcome the recorded reduction in thefts between 2011 and 2013 in the Portsmouth area, we want cyclists to remain vigilant.

‘There are a number of steps they can take to reduce the risk of becoming the victim, including bike frame marking and using a high-quality lock.

‘We have a dedicated team of specially-trained uniformed officers and detectives tasked with tackling cycle thefts from railway stations in south Hampshire.

‘We will always thoroughly investigate all thefts reported, and use CCTV and intelligence to track stolen property down and arrest offenders.’

In 2011 the force took 126 reports of bike thefts from stations in the area, according to information revealed under the Freedom of Information Act.

This dropped to 90 in 2012 and then rose to 94 in 2013.

Between January and April 28 this year, the figure was 30.

The majority of the bikes were stolen from Fareham, Fratton and Havant train stations.

Paul Martin is the secretary of Portsmouth North End Cycling Club.

He said: ‘The people we have in the cycling club are very careful.

‘If it’s a bike they’re going to leave in a public place they’d use a cheaper bike.

‘I’m not aware of anybody in our club’s bike being stolen from a public place.

‘The sort of bike the average person rides now is a lot better than it used to be.’

He added it is important to have working CCTV at stations, and that police should be able to access it.

But he said: ‘I’d be surprised if the number doesn’t go up, there’s more and more people riding.

‘It’s not a rampant issue within my own club.’

BTP is responsible for policing railways and stations.

Station: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (January to April 28)

Bedhampton: 2, 2, 1, 0

Cosham: 13, 8, 7, 4

Emsworth: 4, 0, 6, 4

Fareham: 26, 17, 23, 4

Fratton: 28, 24, 18, 7

Havant: 34, 19, 21, 4

Hilsea: 3, 2, 2, 2,

Portchester: 7, 6, 6, 1

Portsmouth & Southsea: 5, 10, 7, 2

Portsmouth Harbour: 4, 2, 2, 2

Warblington: 0, 0, 1, 0