Bike Theft Initiative Gets Out And About15 Jan 2014
A new bike marking identification scheme to tackle bike theft in Bournemouth is being rolled out across the town.
As part of the borough-wide Getting About programme, Bournemouth Borough Council is encouraging all bike owners to get their bikes marked with BikeRegister which is designed to deter thieves from committing bike crime.
In 2012, a total of 1,724 bikes, or around four every day, were stolen in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area.
Ian Kalra, Transportation Services Manager for the council, said: “Getting About aims to encourage more cycling in the town and with more people owning bikes it’s important we help cyclists keep their bikes safe and secure. Getting your bike tagged and registered acts as a deterrent to potential cycle thieves as they know your bike is traceable.”
Sergeant Steve Houston, Dorset Police, said: “By taking simple measures bike owners can make their bike very difficult to steal. Tagging is especially important to restore property to its rightful owner and secure a successful prosecution against thieves.”
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