31 Oct 2014

At this time of year, thieves are on the lookout for easy targets and officers in Carmarthenshire are reminding householders to protect the belongings, especially bicycles.

“We’ve had a few reports now of bikes being stolen in the last few months,” said Sergeant Rhys Williams. “There have also been occasions where sheds and garages have been broken into and bikes taken.

This is just to remind residents to make sure their cycles are properly secured. Residents are urged to check the security of their outbuildings to ensure the safety of their property, in particular bicycles. Use a good quality lock to secure the bike when unattended and please make sure outbuildings where they are kept are also properly secure.

Bike owners can also register their bikes with BikeRegister.com or Immobilise.com. Any potential buyers of bicycles are also advised to check the authenticity of any seller, and ask for receipts of purchase or related documentation if possible to ensure bikes are genuine. 

Sgt Williams added: “With Christmas approaching people are buying bicycles to give as presents. We are asking homeowners to do their part in keeping their belongings safe.  Make sure your locks and hinges are substantial and of good quality, and think about installing some motion sensitive lights around your outbuildings and place noisy gravel around them. It’s a good idea to take photographs of the items you have stored in your outbuildings as well as marking them with a UV property marker. Remember to call us immediately on 101 if you see anything suspicious.”