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by Mark Zalewski
December 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.
Police are warning cyclists in North East Lincolnshire to check the privacy settings on any cycling apps they use after discovering a gang of thieves utilising it to target the location of owners of expensive bicycles.
“This group came to our attention while investigating a spike in garage and shed burglaries which led to numerous high value cycles and machines being stolen,” said Detective Sergeant Ian Potter.
“It quickly became apparent that the offenders involved were targeting specific addresses based on research and reconnaissance as only relatively expensive machines were being taken. As part of comprehensive enquiries we were able to identify and arrest those involved and it transpired that some of the group were also actively involved in the sale of class A and B drugs.”
The alleged offenders utilised the location data where cyclists start and finish rides, surmising that the most frequent were their homes, and broke into garages and storage sheds to look for the bicycles.
Police recommend setting at least a 1,000 metre exclusion zone around your home location to make targeting your exact address more difficult.
Click through to read more at the Grimsby Telegraph.