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Cyclists are being asked by police to take care when using GPS mapping mobile apps. Offenders have been using mobile apps such as Strava, Endomondo and Map My Ride which track the movements of cyclists from their home.

Apps like Strava have the option of setting up privacy zones which allow you to hide your home location from prospective bike thieves.

The apps enable cyclists to track their ride and compete against other cyclists but can also be used by offenders to work out where high value bikes are being stored.

However, by making a few amends to the settings, cyclists can protect themselves and their bikes.

Sergeant Chris Evans from Stockport West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We appreciate the benefits that these types of apps have but would urge to amend the privacy settings before setting off for their journey to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

“Riders can amend the settings of these apps to ensure that their starting and finishing locations can't be seen by other people.

"Additionally, cyclists can avoid theft by reviewing the security of their sheds or garages and ensuring they use a D-lock to secure their bike to something immovable such as ladders."