Police in Castleford have launched a new campaign urging cyclists in the town to make sure their bikes are secure.
Sgt Mike Astell, of the town’s neighbourhood policing team (NPT), said officers would be increasing patrols and warning people about cycle security.
He said: “A lot of people are going to be out and about on their bikes this summer especially with the Tour de France coming to the area.
“We don’t want to frighten people and put them off what is a very good and healthy activity, we just want people to take the necessary steps to secure what for some is a prized possession.”
The Grand Depart comes to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6 and thousands of people are expected to be inspired to take to the saddle.
Sgt Astell added: “We’ve had a bit of a spike in the last few weeks where people have left bikes outside shops only to come out and find they’ve been stolen.
“It is not like stealing a car. A thief can steal a bike in literally two seconds.
“If it is left unsecured, all they need to do is hop on it and they’re away.
“We just want people to think about it a bit more.”