British Transport Police officers want to speak to three young men in connection with the theft of a bike from Banbury railway station.
Sergeant Mark Summerfield said: “Three youths approached the cycle racks at the station.
“Using bolt croppers, they cut through the lock of a white Carrera Centos mountain bike worth around £400, and then stole it.”
Officers have studied CCTV from the station and are now issuing stills.
Sgt Summerfield said: “I would like to talk to these youths as part of our investigation.
“I would urge anyone who recognises them to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference MSUB/B10 of 25/07/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
This investigation is part of Operation Wiggins, a national effort by BTP to tackle the theft of bicycles from railway stations.
Cycle crime prevention tips include:
Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.
Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.
Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.
Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.
Register your bicycle at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com