Spate of bike thefts from sheds
A SPATE of break-ins by thieves targeting sheds and garages has prompted police to issue a warning.
Officers say that in the past week there have been reports of bicycles being stolen from garages in Bradley Stoke, Emersons Green and Kingswood, with further attempts in Yate, Mangotsfield and Kingswood.
A 14-year-old boy is due to face magistrates accused of two garage burglaries in Emersons Green in which a bicycle, hedge trimmer and lawnmower were stolen.
He has been released on conditional police bail, including a night-time curfew.
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Community safety inspector Gerry Treacy said: "We know thieves target sheds and garages looking for valuable bicycles and tools to steal and we're running targeted patrols of the affected areas. I'd recommend fitting a shed alarm and calling us immediately if it sounds. Chaining your bike to a ground anchor or solid object within the shed or garage is also important. It's a good idea to mark bikes, tools and other items with your postcode and register them at www.immobilise.com. This deters thieves because they know we will be able to prove the item is stolen and get it back to the rightful owner."