Some Fleetwood residents still aren’t getting the message about locking up and securing their bicycles, say the town’s police.
The force’s figures for Fleetwood and Wyre show that bike thefts are still a common crime – especially in the port.
Over the past 12 months there have been 142 bike thefts in Wyre, not counting break-in burglaries where bikes may have been taken. Of these, 93 were in Fleetwood.
And PC Scott McClaran, of Fleetwood Police, says many of the victims did not lock their bikes up.
His comments came after a thief walked onto a driveway in broad daylight and made off with a £100 BMX.
Police believe the thief may have thrown the machine in the back of a red Ford Transit van which was briefly parked outside the theft victim’s house at the time the cycle disappeared.
However, in this case police have revealed a photo of someone who may have information about the incident.
Officers are hoping members of the public can tell them who the man in is.
CCTV cameras captured him and also took an image of the red van.
The incident happened on Larkholme Parade, Fleetwood, on January 26 at around 2pm.
The black and gold bicycle was left unlocked on the driveway of the house for just a few minutes, but it was an easy target for the thief.
PC McClaren said: “Unfortunately, bicycle owners are making things so easy for thieves by not securing their machines.
“Some people still think it is safe to leave their bikes unlocked if they are on their own property, but opportunistic thieves won’t think twice.
“It takes a matter of seconds to steal a bike, and sometimes we see very valuable models taken like that.
“In this case the theft was in broad daylight but it made no difference.”
Anyone with information about this incident can call Fleetwood Police on 101, quoting reference WD 1500388.