During the week of February 28-March 6 there has been a total of 25 bicycles either taken or unlawfully interfered with in Invercargill city. The bikes range from specialised mountain bikes to children’s bikes and road bikes.
On the map the blue arrow indicates reported sightings of suspicious persons to Police in the Waverley area of Invercargill during this time. Police encourage any member of the public who is witnessing suspicious activity in progress, such as a person unlawfully on property to call on 111 and if possible take details of vehicle description, registration and a description of the persons involved.
To help the community to not become a victim of this crime Police would like everyone to lock garages, secure bikes if not locked away and to lock properties if you go away. All thieves are opportunists and will take advantage of these factors.
If buying a new bike, the bike shop will record your serial number on their records, so this will always able to be given to Police in the event you need to. The serial numbers are found under the bottom bracket (underneath the pedals).
Police encourage you to also take a photograph of your bike, and also of the serial number and keep on file electronically.
If anyone has information which could assist Police to have these bikes found and returned to their rightful owners you can call Crimestoppers and your information will be confidential on 0800 555 111.