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Bike thefts continuing in CBD; warning from police

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police have received numerous reports of bicycles stolen by opportunistic thieves throughout the CBD in the last few months. Despite two youths being arrested and an ongoing investigation, bikes are still being targeted.

Wellington Police know that Wellingtonians love to bike to work as well as bike for leisure, and we want to prevent further thefts.

Importantly, we need your help.

A number of the bikes stolen recently were unlocked, or left unsecured in carports or on properties.

Taking the time to secure your bike is the best way to prevent it being stolen.

We recommend a solid D-lock for securing your bike, as some smaller bike locks are easily cut through.

When applicable, store your bike in a secure area off the street.

If you have information about stolen bicycles, please call Wellington Police on 105.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime taking place, call 111 immediately.

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  1. Don M, 13. November 2019, 4:28

    The fewer cycles available to ride on the footpaths the better. Maybe we could have a few e-scooter thefts.

  2. Neil Douglas, 13. November 2019, 11:24

    I had my bike pannier stolen from outside the University a month ago and then my helmet. I suggested the university put up a sign warning of theft but either the sign wasn’t put up or it has been stolen too.

  3. Dave B, 13. November 2019, 11:35

    That’s a silly comment Don. I believe the problem stems from a minority of cyclists who are arrogant idiots, just as a disproportionate amount of road-trauma is caused by similar people. They are out there, and they cause problems whatever their mode-of-transport. Of course they should not be intimidating pedestrians on the footpath and neither should they putting other-people’s lives at risk on the roads, but in NZ we do not have a very good system for preempting and deterring such behaviour BEFORE an accident is caused. Advocating the theft of bicycles or other measures that will discourage cycling are not the way to solve this or make the world a better place.

  4. Don M, 13. November 2019, 21:18

    Dave B, my facetious comment was not advocating the theft of bicycles. But the point is, that the greater the number of cycles and e-scooters on the footpaths, including so-called “shared” areas, the greater the risk for walkers. The “arrogant idiots” who are a minority of cyclists (and e-scooterists) are having a deterrent effect on walkers, and as their numbers increase so does the problem.