Fighting bike thefts in Hartlepool

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TWO eye-catching bikes are spearheading a campaign that aims to clamp down on bicycle theft in Hartlepool.

The blue bikes, donated to Hartlepool Council’s Community Safety Team by Cleveland Police, are being used to highlight the importance of security.

The team is running a campaign under the banner of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership and will be loaning the bikes to schools, colleges and businesses to act as a constant reminder to lock unattended bikes.

Lorna Hilton, Victim Services Officer, said: “It only takes a few seconds for an unattended, unlocked bike to be stolen.

“We would advise owners to secure their bikes with a D-lock and to always ensure they have been security coded with their postcode and address.”

One of the bikes will be stationed in a bike shed outside Hartlepool College of Further Education’s main building.

Darren Hankey, College Principal, said: “We have a number of students and staff who ride bikes to the college each day and we are delighted to endorse this campaign.

“Security is a very important issue, and I would urge all of our staff and students who cycle regularly to make sure they take steps to protect their bikes at all times.”

Schools, colleges and businesses interested in borrowing the bikes should call Lorna on 01429 523100.