BRITISH Transport Police are calling on members of the public to help them name a group of five men after four bicycles were stolen from three West Sussex railway stations in two hours.
Investigators have released CCTV images, numbered one to five, of the men they want to speak to in connection with the thefts from West Worthing, Barnham and Bognor Regis rail stations on Wednesday, October 19.
Members of the five-strong group are suspected of taking a white cycle from West Worthing station around 3.25pm and two cycles from Barnham around 5.15pm, before removing a cycle from the racks at Bognor Regis at around 5.30pm.
Investigating officer PC Billy Burstow said: “We’ve followed a number of avenues of enquiry to try and get names for these five, but without success so far. If you know them we want to hear from you.
“Unfortunately cycles are a popular target for thieves but there are several steps people can take to ensure their bikes are adequately marked and secured to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.
“The best thing to remember is to register your bike and also to ensure a solid lock is used to secure it. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore reduces its desirability to thieves.”
BTP officers regularly conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations across Sussex to offer crime prevention advice and each fortnight 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 added: “We will continue to work closely with Southern to proactively tackle cycle crime and passengers should report any suspicious behaviour to a member of staff or police.”
Anyone with any information about the incidents or who recognises anyone pictured in the CCTV images should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B7/LSA of 04/11/11, quoting the image number.
For further information on keeping your bicycle secure, email firstname.lastname@example.org.