A Lytham Neighbourhood Policing Team officer has taken to locking up bikes outside a school after some were stolen.
PCSO Gary Hickman had been informed that two scooters had been stolen from the cycle racks at Lytham C of E school.
He went down to the school, checked out the cycle sheds and discovered that, out of 35 items, mainly scooters, only two were chained up.
So he picked up nine bicycle locks from Lytham Police station and, with the permission of the head teacher, chained all the items to the cycle racks.
At home time Gary went back to the school to tell parents and pupils what he had done and why and gave them crime prevention advice to prevent any further thefts.
Following a meeting with the head and estates manager, the school has now purchased chains and locks and have sent a newsletter to parents.
PCSO Gary Hickman said: “I was shocked to find so many bikes and scooters not chained up and wanted to ensure that no more pupils were to become victims of thieves. I would advise any owners of cycles, scooters or any similar items, to always lock it up. Some of these items are worth a lot of money and it can be extremely distressing if they are taken.”
If you want to report a theft, call Lancashire Police using the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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