Cyclists are being warned to ensure their bikes are left locked and secure following a spate of thefts in the Sutton area.
Push bikes have been snatched from sheds, streets, shops and outside houses with 16 thefts reported to police since the beginning of December.
In one of the latest incidents an unlocked BMX was stolen from outside a fast food restaurant in Priestsic Road at about 12.50pm on Friday 6th January.
And a black mountain bike, secured with a bike lock, was taken from outside a supermarket in the same street at about 8pm on Tuesday 10th January.
Insp Carl Holland, Neighbourhood Police Inspector for Ashfield North, said: “Bikes of all makes and value have been targeted in the recent spate. Pedal cycles have been stolen from sheds, garages and outside shops and houses, despite being left locked and secure.
“Officers are conducting night time patrols in and around Sutton to deter and catch the offenders committing these crimes.
“Residents can help us too by checking their sheds are secured with a good quality padlock and that garage doors are also securely shut. If possible, a bike should be left locked to something fixed, even if it’s left inside a shed.” Witnesses or anyone with information about these crimes should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.