OFFICERS from British Transport Police (BTP) are reminding commuters who cycle to and from railway stations to ensure their cycles and locks are as secure as possible as efforts continue to deter thieves who target bikes locked at stations.

Unfortunately, cyclists who leave their bikes at stations for long periods of time can find themselves the victims of theft - but Chris Basey of the BTP said: “I cannot highlight strongly enough the importance of using a good quality D-lock to secure your cycle and also to lock both wheels as well as your frame.

"It will act as a deterrent to thieves and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

“Don’t use poor quality wire locks which are easy to snap.”

In the meantime, BTP is stepping up the number of plain clothes patrols around the UK and working with train operators to conduct security patrols and improve CCTV at locations where cycle racks are in place.