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Police are warning residents to be careful to leave bicycles secure following a rise in thefts from garages and garden sheds across Wiltshire.

bike theftDet Con Jo Chesshire said: "It seems that more people are taking advantage of a daily fitness regime and the lovely weather during lockdown and are getting out on their bikes.

"Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in the number of cycles being stolen too - primarily from sheds and garages.

"We would urge all bike owners to be mindful of bike security even when leaving it at home."

Our advice to help keep you bike safe includes:

- Make sure you use a lock. Buy a ā€˜Dā€™-lock and, if you can, combine it with a cable lock.

- Make sure you lock garages and sheds but don't forget to secure the bike/s with a bike lock even if it's in a locked building.

- Make a note of serial numbers and take photos of the bike/s so that if they are stolen they are more easily identifiable if recovered.

- If you have to leave your bike/s outside, always park and lock it/them somewhere well-lit and in a busy public place.

- Make sure you get it registered. Find out more at

- Include your bike in your home contents insurance for thefts outside the home.

- If you suspect someone is trying to sell you a stolen bike, contact the Police on 101.