Cyclists get top tips to keep bikes secure
Police officers persuaded scores of cyclists to swap flimsy bicycle chains for sturdy locks.
Ninety-six thief-resistant D locks were given out free to passing cyclists in Leicester.
The operation was run in High Street and Causeway Lane, in the city centre, Leicester Royal Infirmary and both university campuses.
Pcso Priyesh Ramaiya, who handed out locks and offered security tips in High Street on Tuesday, said: "It went very well and most cyclists were happy to exchange their old locks for a new D lock, which is more robust and secure."
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Inspector Chris Cockerill, of Mansfield House police station, in the city, said: "People spend a lot of money on bicycles but don't always buy a good-quality lock to secure them.
"Using a D lock is an effective way of reducing the chance of having your bike stolen."
Cyclists who missed out on the giveaway can buy a lock at the reduced price of £5 at the central library, in Bishop Street.
Between July 1 and September 30, 137 bikes were stolen in the city's Castle ward – which covers the city centre, both universities and Clarendon Park.
The total was 52 fewer than in the same period last year.
Cyclists can register their bikes on the UK National Property Register at: