Cyclists are being urged to take steps to make their vehicles safe and secure following a spate of thefts in and around the city centre.
Pedal commuters are advised to mark and register their bikes as well as to purchase a strong lock in an effort to stop their mode of transport being stolen.
Local police are hosting a bike marking event in the city tomorrow to encourage members of the public, who regularly cycle to work, to get their vehicle marked with a special ink.
Police understand there has been a noticeable number of thefts in Exeter over the past six months, including on bikes that the owners thought were adequately secured.
PCSO Will Malcolm, who has organised the event, said: “We are keen to make people more aware of bike security following a number of bike thefts recently. The free event is particularly aimed at those who are regular commuters on bike. People can make their bike more secure by using a D lock rather than a cable lock.”
Officers from Wonford neighbourhood policing team held a similar community event in Burnthouse Lane recently, during which nearly 50 bikes marked.
A police spokesman said: “Bike marking is proven to reduce the chance of your bike being stolen in the first place, and makes it much more likely to have your bike recovered should it be stolen.”
Officers were called to investigate a number of bike thefts at the university earlier this month, including one where the thief was able to cut through the heavy duty cable lock.
The victims who were all students had their bikes taken on and around the Streatham Campus, including from student accommodation.
Thieves are known to use bolt croppers to cut bicycle locks, sometimes in busy shopping areas in full view of people walking by.
It is generally advised that bike users should lock the frame to the bike rack rather than the wheel that can easily be removed.
In the UK, a bicycle is stolen on average every minute; with less than 5% of those returned as they are difficult for the police to identify the owner.
Anyone who witnesses a bike theft is advised to call 999 immediately. Any information can also be given via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The bike marking event will take place at the Quay between the hours of 10am and 3pm, and is free of charge.