Posted on 7th January 2015
Residents in New Mills and Hayfield are being encouraged to get their bike security into gear.
Safer Neighbourhood officers have been heading out in the community to offer free bike marking services in a bid to boost security and deter thieves.
Security marking bikes involves officers etching a code onto several parts of the bike and taking the contact details of the owner. It means that, if a bike is stolen and later recovered, it is easier for officers to return the item to the original owner.
PCSO Lee Baker from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It’s the start of a new year and now is a good time to think about security marking your new property to prevent them from being stolen by thieves.
“I have recently been carrying out bike marking in the area and I would encourage anyone with new bikes, or those that have not been previously marked, to contact us to take advantage of the free security marking service.
“Not only can etching help us to return stolen property back to its rightful owner, it can also act as a deterrent to thieves.
“I would also urge people to ensure that their sheds, garages or outbuildings where bikes may be stored are kept properly secure with a quality lock, and that any valuable items are kept out of view from passers-by.”
Further crime prevention advice includes:
- Buy a good quality lock for your bike and secure it whenever it is left unattended;
- Store your bike in a locked garage, shed or bike lock-up where possible;
- Register bikes with a nation property register, such as www.bikeregister.com or www.immobilise.com;
- Always use the steering lock on your vehicle;
- Consider purchasing an alarm, immobiliser and secondary locks such as a disc lock, U-lock, chain or cable lock.
If you wish to have your bike security marked, contact the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
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