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Two bicycles a day stolen in Belfast

ALMOST two bicycles a day are stolen in Belfast in a "low-risk, high-reward" crimewave.

The figures were obtained by UKIP assembly member David McNarry, who said the total stolen in the last three years stands at 1,779.

There were 610 bicycle taken by thieves in 2012/13, 626 in 2013/14 and 543 in 2014/15.

"This is a virtual epidemic of theft," Mr McNarry said.

"Bicycle theft is a low-risk, high reward crime.

The assembly member said the use of bicycle "increased by about 80 per cent since the turn of the century (but remain) expensive.

"Most bicycle thefts occur in or near the home, the workplace, public places and high risk venues like railway stations and university campuses.

"The average price of a bike is £233 so bicycle theft in Belfast in the past three years must be approaching half a million pounds in value.

"People can help by having their bike securely marked and registered. They can find and keep details of their bike's frame number which can be found usually between the pedals or where the back wheel joins the frame.

"They should keep the bike register number and take a photograph of the bike. They should use two, not just one, high quality locks to secure the bike and they should lock the frame and both wheels to the bike parking stand where they leave their bike.

"People should also check that where they leave their bike is covered by CCTV."

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