Bike Marking Success In Widnes22 Jun 2011
More than 100 cyclists have had their bikes security marked using BikeRegister in Widnes, Cheshire.
PCSO Paul Mines from Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit hosted a number of bike marking events at various locations across the town including Riverside College, Ditton Community Centre, Bechers Community Centre and Victoria Park.
All the bikes that were brought along to each event were permanently marked with a BikeRegister marking, which is a unique identification code that helps police to trace the owner if the bike is ever lost or stolen.
The details of the owner of each marked bike are then registered on the national BikeRegister database (http://www.bikeregister.com).
Officers from Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit were also on hand to offer cyclists valuable crime reduction advice.
PCSO Mines said: “These latest events follow on from previous successful bike marking events in the town. The response from the local community has been very positive – especially at the event at Victoria Park.”
He continued: “It is encouraging to see so many bike owners taking steps to keep their prized possession safe and secure. Bicycle marking not only acts as a deterrent to would-be thieves, it is also a way of identifying a bike if it is stolen and later recovered.
“We do recover many bikes, which we suspect are stolen, but are often unable to trace the owners as there are no security markings on them and this makes it very difficult for us to establish who it belongs to as there is very little to go on.”
PCSO Mines concluded: “Widnes NPU is committed to tackling this type of crime. We need the continued support of residents and would encourage as many people as possible to get their bicycle security marked. Further bike marking events are planned in the town in the near future.”
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