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Train station bike stealer avoids jail

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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 11:49am 13th September 2017 (Updated 11:50am 13th September 2017)

A 43 year old man has narrowly avoided going to jail after stealing bikes from outside Leighton Buzzard railway station.

43 year old Stephen Mimer from Old Road in Linslade was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, for a string of bicycle thefts.

He was sentenced at Luton Magistrates' Court on 30 August after being convicted of six counts of theft at the same court on 19 August.

The offences happened in November 2016, March 2017 and April 2017. Mimer stole bikes from a wide range of people who had left their bikes at the station, including a 17-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman.

Mimer was identified via CCTV footage and arrested by BTP officers on 18 August. He was charged and appeared in court the following day.

As well as the suspended sentence, Mimer was ordered to pay court costs of £200 and compensation to the victims of £1,380.

Investigating officer, PC David Chivers, said:

"The thefts occurred over a number of months from Leighton Buzzard railway station. Once Mimer was identified, the investigations were collated and he was subsequently arrested and charged for all of them.

"I hope that cyclists who use Leighton Buzzard station will be pleased to hear the news that Mimer has been convicted."

Cyclists who leave their bikes at railway stations may wish to take note of the following advice for security and crime prevention:

Before you ride:

  • Register your bicycle at www.bikeregister.com.
  • 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 for theft.
  • Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will help us to recover your bike if it is stolen. 

At the station:

  • Whenever you need to leave you bike, make sure you lock it. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or a strong immovable object.
  • Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV covered area.
  • Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
  • Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
  • Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.
  • Keep valuables secure. Don't put them in open baskets or panniers.
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