Posted: Fri 5th Dec 2014

Police warning about thieves using cycle app data to pinpoint bikes

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014

Police are warning cyclists using data tracking apps to be on their guard and not to let thieves know their whereabouts or where they live. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In some parts of the country criminals are believed to have used the internet logs created by the tracking apps, popular with keen cyclists, to locate where bikes are kept. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Now cyclists are being urged to check settings on their phone app which can pinpoint on a map where the rider starts and finishes, making sure they use security settings so the log can’t be used by thieves to steal their bikes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flintshire North Inspector, Ceri Hawe, said; ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Cyclists who use these apps should always check the settings which allow riders to share their routes and performances online do not give away too much information. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I would also encourage owners to invest in decent locks and always to secure their bikes when not in use. Cyclists should also have their bikes security marked. North Wales Police holds regular bike marking events.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Anyone with any information about stolen bikes is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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