Police security-marked over 150 of the local residents’ bicycles during Bike Security Month.
The bicycle crime prevention initiative ran throughout January 2014 around Lancaster and Morecambe, with the aim of promoting the importance of taking proper bicycle security measures following a rise in bicycle thefts in the area in recent months.
As part of this, Neighbourhood Policing Teams offered free bicycle-marking to members of the public at numerous events throughout the area and at both Lancaster and Morecambe Police Stations every weekend throughout the month.
Bicycle-marking kits were purchased in partnership with Lancashire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Department, which allowed the public to have their bikes marked with a permanent, unique reference number, which could then be registered with Bike Register (www.BikeRegister.com).
This is a scheme used by all UK police forces that allows them to search for outstanding stolen bicycles by their serial number nationwide.
Police will be continuing to offer this free bicycle-marking service while stocks of the bicycle-marking kits last, with the next event being held at Morecambe Library between 12pm and 3pm this Saturday, February 8.
Members of the public wishing to have their bicycles security-marked can also email the Police directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to request this service.
PC Gillian Syer of Lancaster Police said; “Bike Security Month was a great success, with over 150 bikes being marked.
“By registering their bikes, our residents have hopefully deterred thieves and, in the event of their bike being stolen, we will now have a much better chance of reuniting owners with their bikes, and I strongly encourage any bike owners who haven’t already to take up this opportunity to improve the security of their bikes.”
To further increase the security of their bicycles, residents are being urged to;
•Ensure front and back doors of your property are locked and windows closed when leaving the house
•Keep side gates locked
•Use a strong lock on sheds, garages and other outbuildings
•Consider fitting outdoor security lighting
•Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see anything suspicious, contact police. Further crime prevention advice is available by visiting www.lancashire.police.uk. Anyone with information about bicycle thefts can contact police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken and you will not go to court.