Police plan Jesmond “sting” operations to halt spate of bike thefts and burglaries

There have been “multiple” bike thefts in Jesmond this week according to Northumbria police who say it is the work of opportunists and are warning bike owners to take extra precautions.

There has been a spate of bike thefts across Newcastle, and in particular the city centre – four people have already been arrested in connection with these incidents.

However, PC Tony Davis, who has been an officer in Jesmond for the last four years, told JesmondLocal that the Jesmond thefts are likely to have taken place because of area’s large student population. “People leave their bikes on view and unlocked in their backyards,” he said. “Most probably haven’t had an item stolen before, so just don’t think.”

PC Davis believes that Jesmond is also a target because students there often own expensive bikes and live in multi-occupancy houses – for the thieves it’s rich pickings. The recent thefts may also be linked to Christmas drawing closer and the darker nights are a factor too. He said bikes can be stolen and sold within a couple of hours.

Northumbria Police CCTV footage of two bikes being stolen from Arriva bus depot, September 9th, 2017

Jesmond is no stranger to bike theft. On September 9th, two thieves scaled the wall of the Arriva bus depot on Portland Terrace, stealing two bikes, one of which was worth £1,500. The police are still appealing for witnesses to that incident. CCTV footage (see below) has been released by the police to encourage members of the public to come forward with any information which might lead to the arrest of the thieves. Anyone with information about the bus depot bike thefts should email 8035@northumbria.pnn.police.uk quoting log 1247 09/09/17.

However, burglaries remain the most common type of crime in Jesmond, with an average of one committed every week, according to PC Davis – although he explained that burglaries and thefts tend to come in peaks and troughs.

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Grace Gibson, a Northumbria student, who lives on Cavendish Place, had her house broken into last Wednesday (November 15th). Her bag (right) containing a new Apple MacBook and her university work and bank cards were stolen. She has urged any witnesses to get in touch with her on Facebook or contact the police who are investigating the issue. 

To combat the thefts, police in Jesmond will be distributing bike locks for residents along with information regarding bike security.

They also hope to set up bike theft and burglary “sting” operations – leaving a bike or house unlocked but under surveillance – to catch thieves and burglars.

Northumbria Police tweet of the recent bike thefts in Jesmond




2 thoughts on “Police plan Jesmond “sting” operations to halt spate of bike thefts and burglaries”

  1. P Jackson says:

    Really wish the police would also do a stop and advise operation to cyclists who are riding around with no lights in Jesmond and going through red lights on Osbourne road . I have on two occasions recently seen a cyclist really late due to dark clothing and no lights.
    I am cyclist too as well as car driver and it really concerns me that predominantly younger cyclists don’t realise the risk they are running .

  2. Terry Phillips says:

    I would agree with P Jackson, I live, cycle and drive in Jesmond and the amount of cyclists with no lights or even just a rear light travelling at speed in the dark is disturbing.
    Many have no reflective gear and generally they are in dark clothing as P. Jackson comments, an accident waiting to happen in my opinion.
    With respect to thefts of bikes, there has been a few thefts of bikes from Newcastle Cricket Club last year and the culprit was seen but not identified on CCTV with a pair of industrial cutters and had no problem cutting through the cable securing the bike. Apparently the “D” type locks are a little more secure than the thin cable type some students have advised me.
    I see as I am walking around Jesmond bikes outside the terraced flats secured with the cable type locks and they are not good enough for when the gang return to look around the streets of Jesmond.

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