City BID Officers Join BikeRegister20 Apr 2020
BID Officers in Birmingham City Centre have recently been issued high performance mountain bikes to navigate the city streets more quickly and efficiently.
The BID Officers for the Retail Birmingham Business Improvement District (BID) patrol the city centre in partnership with West Midlands Police and British Transport Police and are often first on the scene to incidents including reports of bike theft.
In support of their crime reduction operation, BikeRegister paid the team a visit registering their response bikes onto the UK national database (used by all UK police forces) using the permanent marking kit. They also demonstrated to the officers how to detect unique markings on found bikes.
BID Officer Bryan Edwards, who is also a cyclist in his own time, said: "I really think BikeRegister is essential to any bike owner like myself and I believe it should be included from the Point of Sale of all new bikes and then ownership simply transferred to the buyer of the new bike. The peace of mind for me is knowing that if my bike was stolen and then found it could not only be returned to me, but act as invaluable evidence to prosecute the thief."
The BID Officers also now have the ability to check seized and discovered bikes for their registered owners, using the BikeRegister App from their mobile work devices and they can confirm details through police-shared information, enabling them to return lost or stolen bikes to their rightful owners.
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