Police are warning people to be vigilant following a spate of bike thefts across the city over the past seven weeks.

More than 40 bikes have been stolen from the city and North Adelaide since the start of November, three from King William Rd and two from Rundle Mall.

Police are receiving reports of up to 10 bikes being stolen each week – about seven more than usual – and pawned to second-hand dealers.

Eastern Adelaide Crime Prevention Section acting manager Peter Winter said thieves had used bolt-cutters to steal some of the bikes, which were tied to racks, fences and poles.

Police expected to charge at least six people with theft and would continue to monitor the Rundle Mall / King William St area.

From City North Messenger of 21-Dec-2011 on page 3.

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Bike theft on rise

An older story of 26-Apr-2011 by Alicia Melville-Smith

Police are warning residents to take steps to lock up their bicycles after a spike in thefts throughout the inner south.

In the six weeks from 1 March to 12 April, 56 bikes were reported stolen to Sturt Police.

Bicycle thefts in the Sturt area have increased more than 20 per cent from the same period in 2010.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Patterson said the majority of bikes were stolen from sheds or garages with spikes in Highgate, Parkside, Glengowrie and Glenelg South.

Chief-Inspector Patterson said thieves targeted bikes for their own personal use, as a temporary means of transportation or to sell.

These types of thefts are generally opportunistic,” he said.

Of the 56 bicycles stolen, nine were stolen from sheds or garages, eight stolen from residential backyards and a further eight stolen from front yards.

The remaining bicycles were stolen from public carparks, sporting facilities, petrol stations and footpaths.



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