KEEP SECURE: Bikes on High store manager Benjiman Hubbard takes a look over a new set of wheels.
KEEP SECURE: Bikes on High store manager Benjiman Hubbard takes a look over a new set of wheels. Sophie Easey Rokbikes

Lock your bikes as theft cycle goes round and round

WHILE bike thefts are common across the region, Bikes on High Rockhampton store manager Benjiman Hubbard has noticed a sudden spike since Christmas.

He told The Morning Bulletin this week he knew of 20 cases where customers who bought bikes from his North Rockhampton shop had their bikes stolen.

"I don't think that can be stopped, but it's a timely warning for bike owners to lock tight their belongings," he said.

Joel Robinson, the shop owner of Giant Bicycles Rockhampton, agreed.

He said bike thefts weren't anything out of the ordinary, and couldn't say whether he had noticed a spike in bike thefts over the past year.

Almost two weeks ago, 91-year-old Rockhampton man James "Jim" Radel had his bike stolen from outside the Brunswick Hotel.

It had been his sole source of transport across Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast for the past 68 years.

Jim popped in for a quick visit to the hotel.

When he ducked back out again to head home, his bike was gone. He even started thinking that Alzheimer's was kicking in.

A police spokesman urged all residents to make sure their bicycles were locked up safely.

If you have any information about a stolen bike, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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