A Bristol thief has been jailed for seven months after being caught trying to steal a ‘secret’ police bicycle on the streets of Easton.
Karl Faulkner, 26, from Easton, was charged with one count of theft and asked for two other offences to be taken into consideration after he was caught by police responding to a string of bike thefts in the area.
Police placed a “covert capture bike” on a cycle rack in Thrissell St. Less than 20 minutes later, Faulkner was seen by officers forcing a bike lock. He was stopped and arrested on suspicion of theft after removing the bike from the rack and attempting to ride away.
Police are now urging people to always secure their bikes and to take with them any objects that can be removed.
Their advice includes:
- Invest in quality locks. For a decent lock expect to spend a minimum of £40 or approximately 20% of the value of your bike;
- Register your bike for free by visiting national property database Immobilise. If the worst happens and your bike is stolen police can use the database to reunite you with your property;
- Always lock your bike to an immovable object and don’t just lock the frame to the wheel;
- Don’t lock your bike in the same place on a regular basis. It could be stolen to order;
- Always use two different locks.
For more advice, visit www.halgradesyourlocks.com