Would you call 999 if you saw a bike being stolen?
POLICE have made a film to show how easy it is for thieves to steal bikes if people don’t call 999.
As part of Operation Relentless, Police Community Support Officer Neil Spiring demonstrated how criminals get away unchallenged, even in a busy shopping centre like Broadmead during daylight.
A bike was locked up and PCSO Spiring blatantly “stole” the bike on four separate occasions using bolt croppers and brute force.
One time, he was even dressed in an attention-grabbing skeleton outfit yet more than 50 people walked past and saw him, but nobody called 999.
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Neighbourhood Inspector Keith Rundle said: “We’re not suggesting that anyone become a ‘have-a-go hero’ but we’re asking people to call 999 and report bike theft as soon as they see it happening so we can catch the bike thieves in the act.”
“We are constantly on the lookout for bike thieves but we also need the community to be vigilant and to call us if they see a crime happening.
“Our message today is if you see anything suspicious call 999 and let us know. The faster you let us know the more likely we are to be able to catch the thief.”