Warning about bicycle thefts

Milngavie train station.
Milngavie train station.

Police are warning bicycle owners to be extra vigilant after a spate of thefts at Milngavie and Westerton trains stations.

Seven bikes have been stolen from Milngavie and one from Westerton in just over a month (from September 5 to October 10) and they were all worth in the region of £5,000.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the thefts.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “Although uncommon, we take cycle theft very seriously and fully investigate every reported crime. Our nationwide initiative, Operation Wiggins, is aimed at reducing cycle thefts by educating passengers about how to keep their bikes safe and secure. Officers carry out high-profile patrols at known hot spots to deter would be thieves and offer bike marking schemes to cyclists at regular crime reduction surgeries.”

Tips to keep your bicycle secure: Always lock it (frame and wheels) when you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Use more than one lock and ensure that it’s a recognised security standard. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified mechanisms. Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate places, one should be hidden.

Take a photo of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.

If you have any information about cycle theft contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016.