OVER 3,000 bicycles across London were registered to BikeRegister, the national cycle database, during a week of cycle security action organised by Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and the British Transport Police.
Cycle Secure Week (7-14 September) offered cyclists security advice and was aimed at increasing the number of bicycles marked and registered in London, and to highlight the hundreds of bike marking events that take place across the Capital throughout the year.
BikeRegister is the UK's national cycle database and the leading online bicycle identification and registration initiative aiming to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assist in owner recovery. The system is used by every UK Police Force and is the preferred bike marking system of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
Detective Chief Inspector John Oldham, Roads and Transport Policing Command, MPS, said: “A visible security marking deters potential thieves as the bike can be easily traced if it is stolen. Registering your bike helps police and retailers identify and verify the legitimate owner of bikes that have been stolen or are being resold.”
More than 400,000 bikes are already registered on the BikeRegister database, which has more than 350,000 members.
City of London Police Constable, Stuart Ford, added: “All too often, officers recover shed loads of stolen bikes but cannot reunite them with their owners. Registering your bike will help us do this, so if you own a bike, get it marked with BikeRegister.”
As part of Cycle Secure Week, a dedicated webpage was created on BikeRegister’s website, which allowed cyclists to see where all the police bike marking and registering events were taking place. Bike owners from 324 postcodes across the capital checked the site to find their nearest event.
Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, added: “The public participation has been amazing and we hope this week of action has helped raise awareness around the benefit of getting your bike visibly security marked and registered to minimise the risk of it being stolen.”
James Brown, MD of BikeRegister, said: "We are delighted that Cycle SecureWeek was such a success resulting in 3,205 bicycles registered to BikeRegister.
“Bike marking is a proven deterrent to theft and bike owners who had their bikes marked and registered during the week can now be quickly identified by Police in the event that their bike is stolen and recovered.
“We couldn't have achieved this without the hard work and support of our Police partners across the Capital and we are grateful for all they do to highlight the importance of bike marking throughout the year."