A video filmed by police reveals the shocking truth about bike theft in Cambridge – and how easy it is for thieves to snatch cycles.
The film starts with Insp Paul Rogerson and PCSO Michaela Thomas taking a walk around Cambridge city centre pointing out how easy it is for thieves to steal bikes.
After just 30 seconds they found a bike with a D-lock through the wheel but the cycle was not attached to anything.
They then found a Martin bike with just a 99p lock and at Sainsbury's in Sidney Street it was another cheap lock and the bike standing free.
Then the officers found a bike worth up to £500 left outside a shop – unlocked.
At Parker's Piece they found a bike with only the front wheel locked to a railing – which had a quick release mechanism.
Insp Rogerson said that in December 2017, more than 300 bikes were stolen in Cambridge with a total value of £41,000.
He said: "Today I am targeting these 99p bike locks. You wouldn't leave £300 locked to a lamppost with one of thee so why do we leave our bikes worth an average £300 locked up with one of these, or not locked up at all?"
The video then shows how easy it is to snap a bike lock as officers demonstrate using bolt cutters and an angle grinder – which cuts through a D-lock.
Then to St Ives police station where officers show how easy it is to pull a bike off railings and snapping the lock – with just one or two tugs.
The video was made as part of the biggest crime prevention even in Cambridge as the city is today (February 21) flooded with police.
More than 100 officers will be out in force as part of a massive crime-busting blitz.
Offices will be dishing out 'fake' parking tickets to people who have left valuables in their cars.
Superintendent James Sutherland, who is leading the operation, will be doing a massive 24-hour shift as part of the event.
He told the News: "This is the biggest one-day event of its kind that Cambridgeshire has ever seen and I have 100 officers taking part and I will be working from 6am through to 6am.
Over 24 hours police will host activities across the county including marking property, educating people on how to protect their belongings and reduce opportunist crime, and selling security products at cost price.
The awareness day will involve around eight crime prevention officers, 40 officers, 12 specials, 80 PCSOS and police cadets.
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