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Warning in spate of thefts

CYCLISTS are urged to step-up their bike security a gear after thefts in Meriden and Knowle.

CYCLISTS are urged to step-up their bike security a gear after thefts in Meriden and Knowle.

Four designer bikes, three Velomax and an ‘Alez Pro’ from Specialized, each worth around £1,000, were taken when a garage window was smashed in Leymere Close, Meriden, between midday and 4pm on Monday October 25.

An all black custom-built bike – believed to be one of only a handful in the UK and worth around £4,000 – was stolen from a garage in Grove Road, Knowle, on Sunday evening, October 31.

The first bike taken in Meriden is said to be a very small, pearl white Velomax race bike with flat bars; the second is a small time trial bike with a yellow frame fading into red at the rear; and the third Velomax is a medium-sized racer in a dark blue ‘flamboyant’ finish.

The Specialized Alez Pro racing bike is silver with yellow detailing.

Solihull Police’s Meriden Sector Inspector Keith Portman, said: “It’s hard to say if these bikes are being deliberately targeted or whether opportunist out-house thieves are just striking lucky.

“However, we’ve had cases where garages have been broken into and valuable power tools left behind and only the bike taken.

“Houses are obviously more secure than sheds and garages but it’s not always practical to keep cycles indoors.

“If high-value bikes are being kept in out-houses then it’s important to ensure the buildings are securely locked, and if possible alarmed, and that the bikes themselves are also chained.”

Anyone with information, or who has been offered bikes matching the descriptions for sale, is asked to call 0345 113 5000 and speak to either the Meriden or Knowle neighbourhood police teams.

 

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