Action is being taken by police against bike thieves in North Shields.
Since June, there have been more than 20 reports of bicycles being stolen in the area, with half being left insecure in public or in gardens and yards.
Officers have arrested six people on suspicion of theft in a co-ordinated crackdown.
As part of Operation Soundwave, which is aimed at silencing opportunist criminals during the summer months, Northumbria Police are now urging cyclists to ensure their bikes are secure at all times.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Guy Morgan said: “The majority of bike thefts could be avoided if cyclists ensure their bikes were secured.
“Unfortunately there are opportunist thieves who will take advantage if they see a bike propped up against a wall or lying in a garden.
“It takes a few moments to put the bike away in a secure shed or garage or lock a bike to a secure post – this will act as a deterrent to opportunist thieves.
“We’re advising people to make sure they use good quality locks – preferably a D-lock – and to lock their bike up whenever they leave it unattended, even if it is only for a few moments.”
Cyclists should register their bike with free property registering site www.immobilise.com which will ensure if it is stolen and later recovered, it is easily returned to its rightful owner.
For further crime prevention advice visit www.northumbria.police.uk