Going Along For The Ride In Tunbridge Wells16 Mar 2011
Successful bike marking events have been taking place across Tunbridge Wells in Kent, making cycles a far less attractive target for thieves.
Local Community Safety Officers have staged the events using BikeRegister bike marking kits in order to curb spikes of random cycle theft in the area.
The kits have been funded by a Home Office grant and distributed through the Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership.
Marion Wilson, Community Safety Officer at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council said: “Offering free bike marking sessions to local residents has proved to be very popular. One event we staged at Paddock Wood was so well attended that we ran out of kits!”
She continued: “We do not have a massive problem with bike theft in Tunbridge Wells, although we are aware that bike theft has occurred at train stations and car parks in the area.”
BikeRegister is the UK’s leading online registration initiative aimed at reducing bicycle theft and assisting in owner recovery. Bikes are permanently and visibly marked with a unique ID code to prove ownership and placed on the secure database (http://www.bikeregister.com) for the lifetime of the bike.
If a bike is stolen and then recovered, police can check the marking and log onto the database to quickly verify the true owner and reunite them with their bike.
Ms Wilson continued: “Our local police had already used BikeRegister successfully in a previous operation, so when we were looking for an effective bike theft deterrent they already knew about it and were happy for the Partnership to re-order more kits.
“We are planning more bike marking events in the summer, when we hope to attend local fetes and outdoor events with the aim of getting as many bikes in Tunbridge Wells marked as possible.”
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