Four youths arrested for series of bicycle thefts

Four youths aged between 19 and 21 have been arrested for a series of bicycle thefts in the housing estates around Pasir Ris, Simei and Sengkang.

A 41-year-old victim had spotted two of the suspects pushing away his bicycle at about 11.30pm on Tuesday and managed to detain them.

The police responded quickly and after intensive follow-up, identified the other two accomplices and arrested them.

Six bicycles, believed to be stolen, were seized by the police. Police investigation is ongoing. If convicted, the youths may be fined or imprisoned for up to three years, or both.

Superintendent of Police Chua Chee Wai advised the public to adopt preventive measures when using bicycles, such as parking the bicycle at a well-lit place with high human traffic and with CCTV monitoring, locking the bicycle to a permanent structure and ensuring that all removable components are secured.

Cyclists are also advised to make permanent marks on their bicycle to make it identifiable. The public may obtain a bicycle security label for free at their nearest neighbourhood police centre (NPC). There is no limit to the number of bicycles the public can bring to the NPC for labelling.