Cyclists in Northumberland are being urged to keep their bikes secure to avoid being taken for a ride by thieves this bank holiday weekend.
Police are urging cyclists to invest in good quality locks and make sure they secure bikes, even if leaving it for a few seconds.
The advice is part of Operation Soundwave, a Northumbria Police campaign targeting opportunist thieves and burglars and promoting crime prevention advice to the public.
Police advise people to never leave a bike insecure, even just for a few moments to go into a shop, and never leave them insecure in a garden or yard.
Advice includes using a sturdy D-Lock or a combination of locks, which make it difficult for thieves, and when not in use store them in the house or sheds, garages or outbuildings, where they should still be locked to an immovable object when stored.
For more crime prevention advice, visit www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity
Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191, to report a crime ongoing dial 999.
Cyclists are also reminded to take a few minutes to sign up to free property registering website www.Immobilise.com, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered, it’s easily returned to the rightful owner.