Bike to be returned to its rightful owner
Dated: 13 Apr 2012[View Full Size]
Police advice has paid off allowing officers to be able to reunite a bike with its rightful owner.
Officers executed a warrant at an address in South Shields where a child's bike was seized, believed to be stolen.
After checking details of stolen bikes, officers were able to match the recovered bike to a report of a garage burglary at an address in Jarrow. This means it can be returned to its rightful owner.
Now officers are urging people to know details of their bike in case it is lost or stolen. The advice comes as Northumbria Police cracks down on burglary across April.
Acting Inspector Nick Gjorven, from South Tyneside Area Command, said: "We would always advise people to take every crime prevention measure possible to protect their bikes.
"This would include having it marked with a postcode or adding this detail with a UV pen and using good quality locks and chains even if it's stored inside a garage.
"In this case, just knowing the basic details of your bike, such as colour, make and model and reporting the crime can lead to property being discovered and returned if it is lost or stolen.
"Having a photograph of the bike is also an extra measure to help in its identification.
"I would ask people to continue reporting any suspicious activity to us so that it can be acted on.
"If anyone has information on where suspected stolen bikes are being stored they should also come forward."
People can contact police on 101 extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website: