British Transport Police release images of two men after bicycles stolen from outside Epping Underground station
POLICE have released images of two men they wish to speak to after bicycles were stolen from outside an Underground station.
The bikes were taken from outside Epping station on Friday (February 10) at about 12.30pm and Friday (July 13) at 9.30am.
British Transport Police (BTP) investigators have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the thefts.
The owners, a 46-year-old from Harlow and a 34-year-old from Epping, had both locked the vehicles securely in the racks next to the station.
Investigating officer PC Mark Jenkins said: "It is believed that their locks were broken and taken along with the bike.
"Since the incidents, we have carried out a number of enquiries including speaking to the local community, stepping up patrols around the station and viewing CCTV.
"Images have also been circulated on police intelligence systems but to no avail.
"I’m confident that someone will recognise the men pictured. If you do recognise them, or indeed if you are the men, we would urge you to contact police as soon as possible."
Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting B8/LUA of 30/08/12 or the contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Transport Police tips for keeping your bikes safe
• Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it in a cycle rack. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.
• Consider using more than one lock and use a recognised gold or security standard lock such as D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks.
• Make the lock and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
• Do not allow your lock 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.
• Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.