MP Makes Mark On Cycle Theft Reduction28 Mar 2014
Following on from his hard work to promote safer transport and cycling in Bath, Don Foster MP has had his own bike marked and registered on the UK’s National Cycle Database.
Local resident Andrew Knights, Managing Director of BikeRegister, carried out the quick and simple marking process at Don’s constituency office today (Friday, 28th March).
In the event that Don’s bike is lost or stolen and later recovered by police it is now traceable back to him via the secure BikeRegister database (http://www.bikeregister.com).
BikeRegister is the UK’s leading online bicycle identification and registration initiative aiming to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assist in owner recovery and is used by every UK Police Force.
More than 63,000 bicycles in the UK have been registered on BikeRegister in the last 12 months; and the system has helped the Metropolitan Police reduce bike theft by 10.5% between October 2012 and September 2013, despite a significant increase in cycle usage across the Capital.
Registration on BikeRegister is free and cyclists are encouraged to protect their bikes further with a permanent visible etch and/or microdots, as not all frame numbers are unique.
Recently with the development of online auction and sale sites, BikeRegister’s free BikeChecker facility on the website has become a valuable resource in allowing cyclists to quickly check the details of bikes they are considering purchasing to see if there is a record of it having been stolen. A search is carried out every four minutes on the database.
Don said: “Cycling is a growth industry, but unfortunately so is bike theft. Marking your bike makes it much less attractive to would-be thieves.”
He added: “Police regularly recover bikes that have been stolen and if they are registered to BikeRegister they can quickly establish who the bike belongs to and return it to the rightful owner.”
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