Operation Wiggins launches to cut down on cycle theft

Operation Wiggins launches to cut down on cycle theft

Published: Monday, 9 September 2013

A nationwide initiative to combat theft of passenger cycles from stations has begun, with a series of events taking place at stations around Britain.

Op Wiggins handout

The operation aims to reduce thefts of cycles by educating passengers about how to keep bikes safe and secure. Officers also plan to provide patrols at stations prone to thefts to act as a deterrant.

Officers have been marking the start of the new campaign with events at stations across Britain, with surgeries and crime prevention advice at selected locations.

Chief Superintendent Jason Bunyard explains what passengers can do to keep cycles safe and secure at station.

Protecting your bike from theft

Cycling is a great way of getting to a station for the morning commute or your onward journey, but leaving alone for several hours without the right security can leave it exposed to thieves.

  • Always use a strong, sturdy D-lock.
  • Lock the frame and both wheels – use two locks if possible.
  • Secure your valuables – remove accessories, kit or anything else that can be easily detatched.

Get more advice on securing your bike at a station.

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