CYCLISTS are urged to do more to protect their bikes from thieves after it emerged that more than 1,000 have already been stolen in West Yorkshire this year.
Police say simple security steps can thwart the thieves.
And they say cyclists should follow these simple steps.
* Invest in a good quality lock.
* Mark your frame with your postcode so police can trace it back to you if it is stolen. Check out a website called bikeregister.com for ideas on how best to mark your bicycle.
* Always use bike sheds in town centres and railway stations which give good protection against opportunist thieves.
West Yorkshire Police force crime reduction officer Det Insp John Birkenshaw said: "This time of the year sees a sharp increase in the number of pedal cycles stolen from schoolchildren who are on their summer break.
"The cycles can be worth many hundreds of pounds.
"In some instances they are snatched from children who are out riding by other youngsters, but most are taken because the owners simply haven't bothered to lock them up."
He added: "My advice is whenever you leave a cycle - even if you are popping into a shop for a few moments - secure your cycle with a lock and secure it to something such as a proper cycle park or lamp post. If you don't, the chances are it won't be there when you go back.
"Don't put temptation in the way of opportunist thieves and allow yourself to become a victim of crime.
"Quite simply, lock it or lose it."
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