Cycle Security and Crime Figures

By bellmannews / June 16, 2023
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From Police Scotland

This report covers the Kincardine and Mearns area for the period May 2023.

The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, provide crime prevention advice and guidance to Community Council members and the residents you represent.  Our focus is to reduce crime and disorder, help create safer communities and respond effectively to local concerns.

In this report I will focus on Policing Station ‘areas’ as historically these stations would covers the following areas.

Portlethen Police Station – Portlethen and surrounding areas including Drumoak and Durris. I will specify this as Portlethen.

Stonehaven Police Station – Stonehaven, Newtonhill and surrounding areas. I will specify this as Stonehaven.

Laurencekirk Police Station – Laurencekirk and surrounding areas including Fettercairn, Edzell woods, Auchenblae and Garvock. I will specify this as Laurencekirk.

The A92 towns (Catterline – St Cyrus) along the coastal Road are covered between Stonehaven and Laurencekirk but I will specify them as Coastal Road.

Community Policing Priorities

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:

AreaYouth DisorderAnti-Social
Portlethen1213
Stonehaven722
Laurencekirk65
Coastal Road04

Acquisitive Crime:

AreaTheftsShopliftingsTheft of motorvehicle
Portlethen222
Stonehaven321
Laurencekirk100
Coastal Road000

Road Safety & road crime:

AreaDrink/Drug DrivingDangerousCareless Driving
Portlethen200
Stonehaven002
Laurencekirk001
Coastal Road000

Community Engagement & Reassurance:

This month I wish to make focus on bike security especially with the weather we are getting we are making more use of our bikes. I hope this valuable information from our Crime reduction unit is of use and helps prevent any potential thefts.

Bicycle Security

The demand for bicycles has never been greater and as such bicycles are being targeted regularly by thieves. Whether you have just purchased your first bike or are a seasoned cyclist it is worth investing in a good quality cycle specific lock to secure your bike.

Thieves will routinely carry bolt croppers or even battery powered angle grinders and light weight, poor quality locks offer little resistance. As a rough guide consider spending around 10% of the value of your bike on a lock.

Always buy the best quality lock you can afford and look out for those that have been endorsed as ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Secured by Design.’

It’s not enough to simply lock your bicycle whenever it is left unattended for a longer period. Modern bikes are light and can be carried away quickly. Whether a bicycle stand, lamp post or metal fence: a bike must be locked to something and whatever you choose, it must be at least as secure as the lock itself. Ideally, use two different types of lock – a thief will need more tools to steal it.

The best place for your bike at night is a locked room, e.g. a cellar or garage, and it should always be secured with a bicycle lock; ideally combined with a ground anchor. If bicycles cannot be locked to something, for example in the hall or garage, simply lock several bikes together.

Photograph your bike and record all of your bike’s details and distinguishing features and keep in a safe place. The serial number can be found on the bottom bracket. Consider using a bike registration scheme to mark your bicycle. Not only is this a deterrent to thieves but should you be unlucky enough to have your bicycle stolen it increases the chances of getting your bicycle back.

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Further guidance can be found at

https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/keep-your-bicycle-secure

Or by contacting Police Scotland Crime Reduction Officers on

NorthEastCrimeReduction@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Contact Us:

Inspector Rhona Di Meola

Kincardine and Mearns Community Policing Team

13/06/23