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Higgins man to face court over bike thefts

A 40-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court next month over the theft of three bicycles.

Police say the Higgins man stole three bicycles on separate occasions, one from outside Westfield Belconnen, and the other two from Acton.

Police searched a Higgins home in August following a tip-off, seizing a number of items.

The man will face court in October on charges of theft, attempt to obtain property by deception and unlawful possession of stolen property.

Investigations are continuing.

There has been an increase in bike thefts over the last few years, ACT Police Superintendent Brett Kidner said. 


The rise in crime led police and the ACT Government to launch 'Lock it, or Lose it', a bike anti-theft and security awareness campaign, earlier this year.

"In the last 18 months, only 16 per cent of bikes recovered by ACT Policing were able to be identified," Superintendent Kidner said.

"As part of the campaign a Bike Passport was developed so bike owners can easily record the required information, such as the serial number and any unique characteristics.

"This information can assist us in identifying the stolen bike and return it to its rightful owner."

A copy of the Bike Passport is available on the ACT Policing and Justice and Community Safety websites.