Please be aware that on Saturday 21st December local officers will be available on Crewe Square between 10am-12pm for a free Bike Marking Event.
A post-Christmas event will take place at the same place and time on Saturday 11 January 2014.
This is an ideal opportunity to bring along any new or old bicycles.
Police Crime Reduction Advisor, Mark Cotton said: "Now is a great time to mark up new bikes bought for friends and family at Christmas. We are urging as many young people as possible to come along and have their bike security marked − it acts as a deterrent to would-be thieves and is also a good way of identifying a bike if it is ever stolen and later recovered.”
"We do recover many, which we suspect are stolen, but we are often unable to trace the owners as there are no security markings on them. This makes it very difficult for us to trace who the bike belongs to as there is very little to go on."
Police are encouraging anyone who owns a bike to reassess their current security to reduce their chance of falling foul of thieves.
- Cyclists are being reminded to remain security conscious and to follow a few simple security tips:
- Keep your bicycle locked away and out of sight when not in use - ideally in a shed or garage that is fitted with heavy duty locks.
- Invest in a good quality bike lock for when the bike is in use and left for a short period of time.
- Do not attach the bicycle to something which could easily be moved or cut and try to leave it in a well-lit area where there are a lot of people around.
- Report any suspicious activity in your area to police immediately.