The Force has recently seen a spate of thefts of high-value bikes following breaks to outbuildings across the county.

The stolen bikes include leisure bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes and dirt bikes.

Officers advise high-value bike owners and urge them to assess their security arrangements.

Detective Inspector Andy Brix, of the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, said: “These bikes can often be worth thousands of pounds and the loss has a significant impact on each victim”.

“We are doing all we can to investigate these incidents and identify anyone suspected of being responsible”.

“We want to prevent further bike owners from becoming a victim of crime and are issuing advice to help protect their valuable item.”

Please see the below tips on how to keep your bike safe:

·  Be careful of applications on your phone where cycle routes are displayed publicly, which may inadvertently lead thieves to your home address.

·  If travelling back from an event with your bike, be mindful of being followed.

·  Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage.

·  Keep a bike covered, possibly with an old sheet or blanket, to keep it hidden from view.

·  Property marking your items is advisable and some items can be painted with your name or postcode.

Further crime prevention advice can be found here: Keeping your shed or garage safe and secure | Crime prevention | Dorset Police