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Cyclists in Eccles, Irlam and Cadishead are being offered security advice after 74 bikes were stolen there between 1 April and 30 June 2012.

Criminals have removed bikes from people’s sheds, and have also targeted them when they have been left securely locked in the street.

To combat this, police are patrolling hotspot areas to deter offenders, and are on the lookout for bikes with similar descriptions to those stolen. Anyone who might be riding one will be stopped and questioned, and if the bike turns out to be stolen they will be arrested.

Also, events will soon be taking place in the area where cyclists can have their bikes security-marked free of charge, and these will be advertised locally.

Sergeant Stuart Williams of the Salford South Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Criminals are more likely to steal bikes that are only secured by a standard lock. If you are out and about, use official cycle racks that are covered by CCTV, but if they are not available then secure your bike to a heavy or bulky object that can't be moved.

"You can also register your bike at www.immobilise.com – this is an online database linked to police property systems that will help us to reunite you with your bike should it be stolen and later found. By advertising that it has been registered, it becomes far less attractive to thieves."

For non-emergency calls or to report a crime call police on 101, or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/salford

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.

Use 999 only in emergencies where there is a threat to life or property or a crime in progress.

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