Thieves targeting locked bikes left outside shops in Exeter prompts police warning to cyclists

Police in Exeter are warning cyclists about thieves targeting locked bikes left outside shops at a city centre retail park.

Officers said they have received reports of thefts of bicycles and parts, such as quick-release wheels, while they were locked in racks at the front of Boots, on the Exe Bridges Retail Park, in St Thomas.

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging cyclists to use specialist locks to secure bikes left outside in Exeter.

William Malcolm, a police community support officer in Exeter, said: “The Cowick and St Thomas team have been receiving reports regarding theft of cycles and theft of cycle parts  – quick release wheels – which were secured in the racks at the front of Boots, Exe Bridges Retail Park.

“We want to make people aware that if you do leave your cycles in these racks, or any other rack around the city, that you make sure they’re secured with a decent lock.

“We always recommend ‘D’ locks and a good cable lock around your wheels if they are quick release ones.”

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