New Scheme Launches In Northern Ireland20 Jan 2017
PSNI Sergeant Pete Cunningham said: “The security marking and registration is a good visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know if they are caught in possession of a registered bike, the rightful owner can be traced and they will be arrested.”
According to the PSNI, bicycle theft is ‘almost like the new car
theft’ with 3 bikes being reported stolen everyday.
During the financial year 2014-15 there were 966 bicycles
reported stolen with an estimated value of almost £1.4m.
Despite its prevalence, it is estimated that just one in six bike
thefts are reported to the police.
The problem is on the rise across Northern Ireland and
particularly in south Belfast which, for the past 10 years
has consistently seen the highest levels.
Sgt Cunningham said that: “People are leaving their bikes unattended, which provides a unique opportunity for others
to take them. We need to secure bikes when we are out and about. Even if it is just for a short period of time, they need
to be secured and left in a well-lit area.”
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