SHIREBROOK residents are being reminded to keep bicycles securely locked away after a spate of thefts in the area.
Five bicycles have been stolen from sheds and outbuildings in Shirebrook in the last week alone.
Now police are warning people to take extra safety measures to ensure their bikes are not an easy target for thieves.
Residents should keep their bike out of sight in a secure garage or shed and invest in a decent quality lock that cannot easily be removed.
Cyclists should also take photographs of their bike and consider registering it for free on the national property database at Immobilise.com. If your bike is stolen police can use the database to reunite you with your property.
Residents in the Bolsover area can also benefit from discounted bike marking kits and chain locks through the Bolsover and District Cycling Club.
The club purchased a number of kits last year after they received funding through the Bolsover Community Safety Partnership. These are still available through the club or Pc Adam Galley on the Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Community Safety Partnership Sergeant Paul Smith said: “More people are using their bicycles during the summer, particularly young people, and we want to make sure that their property remains safe and secure.
“By following simple crime prevention advice you can greatly reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of crime.”
If you have any information about bike thefts call Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.