Bikes worth £4000 stolen from house in Driffield
A cycling enthusiast has had his bikes, worth £4000, stolen from his home in Driffield, whilst he was sleeping.
The theft took place overnight on Wednesday, February 6, at his home on Mill Falls, Driffield.
The culprit entered a detached garage at the property and used tools to cut the padlocks and chains securing the mountain bikes.
Police investigating the theft believe someone may have seen pictures of the bikes and the victim on social networking site Facebook.
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Driffield PCSO Claire Watson said: "After speaking to the victim at length, it appears the avid cyclist is part of a cycling club and regularly posts status updates and photographs on Facebook and on the cycling clubs website, inviting people to attend the cycling meets and to get involved. It is likely the offender/s may have seen these posts and have researched the address before taking the bikes.
"Although I can not be certain in this case, quite often when posting a status online you can add your location, which could have been his home address- giving the offenders the address of the bikes.
"This is just one possibility, for the theft, but I would like to use this opportunity to raise the awareness of posting statuses on the internet which may inevitably invite a thief to your home.
"I quiet often see status updates 'checking in' at an airport, saying 'holiday for two weeks'. To me working for the police, that just tells burglars your house will be unoccupied for two weeks to be burgled! You wouldn't leave a note on your door telling people you are away, so please try to avoid advertising your valuables online."
Home Office statistics suggest more than half of all bicycle thefts take place from an owner's property.
Anyone who has any information, which may help officers investigating the thefts, are urged to contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number CS/1956469/2013.