Police to monitor Gumtree and Facebook after increase in Dundee bike thefts

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Police in Dundee say they are stepping up patrols in the city after a surge in bike thefts.

Officers will also monitor online selling websites, such as eBay, Gumtree and Facebook’s market place Facebay, to crack down on stolen bikes being sold on.

On the streets, the force will be “pro-active” with bobbies patrolling city “hot spots” with officers challenging any suspicious activity.

The move comes after figures revealed that 314 bicycles were pinched last year alone with a combined value of more than £135,000.

Police Scotland says the majority of the thefts were from bikes that were completely unsecured.

Bike owners are now being encouraged to take security measures, such as getting their bikes marked, to prevent future thefts.

Constable Bob Young, from Longhaugh Community Team, said: “We would advise that anyone with a bike get a good quality lock, such as a D-lock or similar and to secure the bike whenever it is left unattended.

“We would also recommend that people have their bikes marked and registered so if they are stolen and recovered, they can quickly be returned to the rightful owner.”

Local community officers will be working with the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers to carry out a bike marking and registration day on Saturday September 30.

The team will be at Castle Green in Broughty Ferry between 10am and 12pm and at Powrie Park, Fintry between 1pm and 3pm.

Anyone can go to get their bike marked at a cost of £4 per bike.