British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to following incidents of cycle theft in the Sussex area over the past few months.
Investigators are appealing to the public to come forward to help identify the men pictured.
PC Billy Burstow said: “The officers investigating these nine cases have followed a number of lines of enquiry and circulated these images on police intelligence systems to try and get names for these people, but to no avail so far.
“Now we are asking members of the public to help identify them. If you know any of these people and can tell us who they are, then we want to hear from you.”
Image 3 – Angmering station
Police are appealing for the public’s help after a victim noticed one of the locks used to secure his bike had been tampered with over a period of weeks. He then returned on Thursday, 6 December, at 4pm, to find that the other lock had been cut through by around 80 percent.
Image 4 - West Worthing station
Officers would like to speak to this man after a bike was stolen from West Worthing station on Tuesday, 9 October 2012. The victim had left his bike secured at 7pm at the station, when he returned at 11.40pm, the bike and the lock had been stolen.
Image 5 – Durrington station
Investigators would like to speak to this man after a bike and the lock it was secured with was stolen from Durrington station between 7.20pm on New Years Eve and 8.30am on New Year’s Day.
Image 6 – Shoreham station
Do you know these two men? Both men are sought by police after a bike and its lock was stolen from Shoreham station between 7.05am and 7.30pm on Tuesday, 8 January.
Image 7 – Southwick station
Investigators would like to speak to the two men pictured after a bike and lock was stolen from Southwick station between 7.10am and 5.45pm on Thursday, 24 January.
Image 8 – Angmering station
Do you know this man? Officers are appealing for his whereabouts after a bike and its lock was stolen from Angmering station between 7pm and 11.40pm on Saturday, 28 July.
Image 9 – Littlehampton station
The whereabouts of these men is sought after an attempted cycle theft, resulting in damage to a cycle lock, at Hassocks station on Wednesday, 16 January 2013. The victim left his bike secured between 6.30am and 7.20pm, when he returned, he found a set of bolt croppers imbedded into his cycle lock, leaving them damaged beyond repair.
PC Burstow added: “Sadly bicycles are a popular target for thieves but there are lots of things people can do to make sure their property is adequately marked and secured.
“It’s important to remember to register your bike and ensure a solid lock is used to secure it. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore helps reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.
”BTP officers regularly conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations across Sussex to offer crime prevention advice and identify the top locations for bike theft, targeting them through covert and overt policing operations to catch would-be offenders in the act.
PC Burstow continued: “We will continue to work closely with train operating companies to tackle cycle crime.”
Anyone with any information about the incidents or who recognises one of the people pictured in the images should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B10/LSA of 27/2/13, quoting the image number.Police advice for making your bike more secure:
Get your bike tagged and register it at www.bikeregister.com.
Ensure you have a solid lock.
Always lock your bicycle through its frame, not just through the wheel
Fix your bike to solid, immovable objects in recognised cycle storage areas
Lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV-covered area wherever possible
For further police advice on keeping your bike secure, email firstname.lastname@example.org.