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Appeal after high value mountain bike thefts

Press release   •   Nov 23, 2018 14:17 GMT

We are appealing for information after the theft of high value mountain bikes in Fair Oak and Eastleigh.

Three sheds were broken into between 10pm on Wednesday 21 November and 7.25am on Thursday 22 November, as follows:

  • Elderberry Close, Fair Oak - a Devinci Wilson mountain bike worth £5,000 was taken
  • Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh - a Commencal Meta bike worth £2,600 and a Sunn Shamann worth £800 were stolen
  • Desborough Road, Eastleigh - nothing was taken

If you own a bike, make sure you take some simple crime prevention measures:

  • Ensure your bike is locked or anchored to an immovable point, even inside your shed or garage
  • Use a D-Lock - anything less won’t do
  • If you use Strava or ride tracking apps, make sure your privacy settings are changed so that your start and end point aren’t shared; this is clearly your home address and where you probably store your bike
  • Mark your bike by using a property or police approved forensic marking solution only visible under Ultraviolet (UV) light
  • Register your bike free of charge using one of the accredited property databases such as https://www.immobilise.com/
  • You know your community and will notice anything out of the ordinary, such as someone tampering with a lock on a neighbour’s shed - please report this to us

For further crime prevention advice, go to: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

You may know where these bikes have been taken and or have been offered a mountain bike for sale.

If you have any information about these incidents or have seen any suspicious people or vehicles, please call 101 quoting Operation External.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In an emergency, call 999.