New BikeRegister Scheme Launches In Strabane10 May 2017
A new bike marking scheme using BikeRegister has been launched in Strabane, supported by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Sustrans.
BikeRegister is the leading online bicycle identification and registration initiative aiming to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assist in owner recovery. It is used by every UK Police Force and over 630,000 bikes are registered on the database, with the number growing daily.
Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Sustrans recently held a successful launch event for the new scheme at the Derry & Strabane Council Offices.
Speaking about the event, Michele Murphy of Sustrans said: “As part of the NW Leading the Way Active Travel Programme, Sustrans supported Derry and Strabane PCSP and PSNI to deliver a bike tagging event at the Council Offices. A total of 21 bikes were tagged at this event and we are working with our partners to deliver future bike tagging events across the council area.
“Sustrans would like to thank the PCSP and PSNI for support in organizing the highly successful event and we look forward to working with our partners in the coming months.”
Welcoming the scheme Cllr Gus Hastings, Chair of the Derry and Strabane PCSP said: “I would encourage as many people as possible to avail of this scheme which is provided free of charge. Coming into the better weather people will be using their bikes more and this is a way to secure the return of your bike if it is ever stolen. Bikes are an expensive and precious commodity so every effort should be made to protect these items.”
A PSNI Crime Prevention Officer added: “We would encourage all bike owners throughout the city and district to have their bicycle registered free of charge.
“While we are working to reduce the number of cycle thefts, having your bike registered means there could be a greater chance of getting it back if it does end up stolen. Since the start of the year we have marked 186 bikes across the city and district. ”
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