POLICE stepped up their patrols in Portsmouth as part of clampdown on bike crime today.
Officers were out in force throughout the day across parts of centre Southsea, Eastney and Milton.
The teams were conducting ‘high visibility’ patrols in response to a ‘significant number’ of cycle thefts and reports about cyclists riding on pavements.
As part of the operation, police spoke to those riding bikes on pedestrian walkways and were on hand to give theft prevention advice.
Police are now offering tips on how to avoid falling victim to cycle thieves.
Cyclists are being urged to lock up their bikes with an approved ‘Sold Secure D lock’ – which can be purchased at soldsecure.com
People should lock bikes through the frame and to a solid structure, leaving them in a well-lit, busy area covered by CCTV.
Bikes can also be registered for free at immobilise.com which helps police track owners of stolen bikes.