Thousands of pounds worth of bikes stolen in Peebles

Police are investigating after several valuable bikes were stolen in the Scottish Borders over the bank holiday weekend.

Officers received a number of reports in the Crossland Crescent, Wemyss Place and Rosetta Road areas of Peebles.

The bicycles were taken despite some of them having significant security measures including high quality chains, locks and floor anchors.

Bought brand new, some of the bikes are worth more than £5,000.

The colour and brand of bikes stolen include:

  • a black and blue Transition Sentinel x-large adult bike

  • a silver Trek Roscoe small adult bike

  • a turquoise specialised Turbo Levo electric bike

  • a blue Canyon Strive CF 9.0 mountain bike

  • a black and green Giant Propel Advanced road bike

  • a dark green Sonder mountain bike with rear child seat and red frame bag attached

The bikes stolen. Credit: Scottish Borders Police

Detective Constable Bruce Dodds, of Galashiels CID, said: "It's believed that those responsible for stealing these bikes specifically targeted these properties knowing of the potential payoff.

“If somebody has approached you trying to sell one of these bikes in what you think might be suspicious circumstances, please get in touch with police as soon as possible.

“Anyone with information that may assist with our enquiries can call 101, quoting reference number 0877 of 23 May, or can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

How can I reduce the likelihood of my bike being stolen?

  • There are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of your bike being stolen:

  • Invest in a good quality, robust bike lock such as a D lock or a thick cable lock. Ideally, use two different types of locks as a thief will need more tools to steal it

  • Consider fitting your bike with an alarm or a tracking device

  • Always store your bike indoors; never outside

  • If your bike is stored in a common stairwell, lock your bike with two locks to a secure banister, bicycle rack or ground anchor

  • If your bike is stored in a shed or garage, fit a good quality padlock to the shed door and use non-return screws to secure the hinges. In addition, lock your bike with two locks to a ground or wall anchor

  • When out and about, lock your bike every time you leave it, even for a few minutes, and use good quality locks, locking through the frame and wheel to an immovable object.