Residents across Huddersfield are being warned to take extra precautions to secure their property following a spate of bike thefts across the area.
One of those affected was Gavin Byrnes from Linthwaite, who had two bikes stolen on Friday night. Captured on CCTV, three individuals visited his property numerous times, to try and gain access to his outdoor brick shed where he securely kept his bikes.
Speaking to Huddersfield Times, Gavin told us how he had taken extra precautions to properly secure the bikes. As a result, the thieves had to take out the PVC window at the side of the shed, in order to gain entry – and they used equipment to remove the bikes which were ‘anchored down’.
The two bikes that were stolen had been enhanced and developed which has left Gavin significantly out of pocket, along with the damage sustained to his out-building. After contacting the police, Gavin was made aware that there had been 6 other bike thefts in the area over the last few days, however, it is not yet known by the police whether any of these incidents are linked.
This incident occurred at around 21:40 on Friday Evening (22nd January). A post that Gavin shared to his local page has been re-shared over 800 times to try and appeal for information. Anyone with potential information about any of the thefts are urged to contact West Yorkshire Police online or by calling 101 with information.
For more information on bike safety and best practices for keeping them secure – visit the West Yorkshire Police’s advice page at https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/pedal-cycle-security/cycle-crime-prevention-and-cycle-safety/cycle-crime-prevention-and-cycle-safety.