Caloundra Police have been alerted to a number of incidents in the past few days where students in Caloundra and Kawana have sustained serious injury whilst riding their bicycles home from school.
Police received a call from the manager of bicycle store indicating that of the bicycles assessed from these incidents, it appeared that the quick release lever had been tampered with prior to the student riding home.
The students have sustained broken bones as a result of falling from the bicycle when one of the wheels came free from the bicycle frame.
Police want to emphasise that bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent.
But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy, it’s a vehicle! Be cool – follow some basic safety tips when you ride.
Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride.
You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly.
Police want to warn the community that if this behaviour is a deliberate act by another person, than to desist as it is an offence to endanger the safety of a person on a vehicle.
Police have contacted the local schools and advised school principals about the incidents.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.