Bike thefts on rise in Falkirk area

Bicycle thefts in Falkirk district are on the up despite the restrictions of the coronavirus lockdown, police have warned.

By Jonathon Reilly
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 8:42 am

Though people are being advised to stay at home as far as possible, officers say the number of bikes being stolen in the area has risen.

The thefts have become such an issue, the force has arranged to hold a bike marking event to try to tackle the problem.

A range of bicycles have been taken from sheds and gardens, with some valued in excess of £2000.

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Police are looking into a number of bike thefts in the Falkirk area. Picture: John Devlin.

Last week a Carrera Hybrid Crossfire pushbike was stolen from outside a shop in Milton Row, Denny at around 11.15am on Monday.

A green and white child’s bike was then stolen from a front garden in Millflats Street, Bainsford on Thursday night.

The following night, a black and turquoise ladies’ bike was removed from a front garden in Aitchison Drive, Larbert around 11.30pm.

The owner told The Falkirk Herald: “It has an added gel seat and metal attachment on the seat post for my little girl’s bike.

“We’re so upset because it was our method of exercise every day and we can’t go cycling anymore.

“She’s only five and loved being attached to my bike for our exercise. Not only has my bike been stolen but it’s rendered her bike unusable now too.”

Sergeant Alyn Blyth, of Falkirk Police Station, said: “There appears to be a slight rise in pedal cycle thefts which might be because more are being used during the lockdown.

“The age-old advice of lock it or lose it is pertinent but every theft will be canvassed and any information that might lead to a bike being recovered or a thief identified is welcomed.”

Information can be given to police by calling 101.

A police-run bike marking event will take place at Callendar House, Falkirk, between 10am and 2pm this Thursday where officers will adhere to social distancing rules.

Police have asked anyone wishing to attend to cycle there if possible to minimise potential traffic congestion.