Police are urging cyclists to take care when using GPS mapping mobile apps following more reports of bikes stolen in Ilkley.

Ilkley Neighbourhood Policing Team has repeated advice to review the security of sheds or garages where bicycles are stored, and to make use of privacy settings on mobile apps.

Their advice follows concerns from local cyclists that thieves are locating high-value bikes by accessing information from mobile apps such as Strava and Map My Ride. The software allows cyclists to let others know about cycling routes and times taken for completing them.

Arrests were made after recent thefts, but a Wharfedale resident told the Gazette more bikes were stolen in Ilkley early last week.

In a statement, Ilkley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) said: “Some crime prevention meas-ures to take can be as simple as covering any windows, securing doors with substantial locks and separately securing your bicycles.

“If you use a bike rack on your vehicle remove it after storing your bike. If you use GPS mapping sites like Strava and Map My Ride, ensure you utilise the privacy settings. Report any suspicious activity immediately.”

Cyclists can contact the NPT on (01274) 475301, call the non-emergency police line, 101, or e-mail: hanpt1@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk to discuss crime prevention issues.