Pretoria – Brooklyn police have urged residents to take extra steps to protect their wheels after a rash of bike thefts in Pretoria east in recent weeks.
According to Captain Colette Weilbach, they had been experiencing an increase of bicycle theft during burglaries.
“Recently bicycle owners discovered that their wheels were stolen during the night from their garages or storerooms. These crimes frequently occurred in Menlo Park and Erasmuskloof,” Weilbach said.
Management at Hot Spot Cycles bicycle shop in Atterbury said although the crime was nothing new, they had seen a spike in insurance claims at their Pretoria branch, especially since alert level 2 of the lockdown.
A customer recently claimed for two high-end bicycles to the tune of R300 000. Other claims ranged from R10 000 and above. “It’s not new, but it’s becoming