Man, 35, arrested over at least 28 cases of bicycle theft

SINGAPORE - A 35-year-old man suspected to be involved in at least 28 cases of bicycle theft reported between Sept 11 and Oct 25 was arrested on Saturday.

On Nov 8 at about 10.20 am, the suspect was arrested around New Upper Changi Road during a joint operation conducted by officers from the Public Transport Security Command and Police Land Divisions. A cutter and a spanner were seized during the arrest.

The police had identified the suspect after investigating reports of the bike thefts, going through surveillance camera footage and making ground enquiries.

Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone convicted of theft may be punished with a jail term of up to three years, or a fine, or both, the police said.

The police also reminded the public to take measures to safeguard their bicycles from theft. They should lock their bicycles when left unattended, even if it is only for a short while and all removable bicycle components should be secured.

They should also use a durable lock like a U-lock that provides better security compared with cable locks, or use a bicycle lock with an alarm feature.

kashc@sph.com.sg