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Leicestershire: City police offer SmartWater deal to safeguard bikes

September 26, 2012, 11:49 am

A city police officer has made arrangements to security mark bicycles from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday, September 29.

PCs Dave McCartney and Paul Archer are members of the Knighton ward Safer Neighbourhood Team and work from Welford Road police station. They will visit the shop premises at Fix My Bike (FMB), 210 Saffron Lane, Leicester, to offer SmartWater kits to local people who want to property mark their bikes. Each SmartWater kit will cost £7, however once the bicycle has been security marked, there will be sufficient solution left over in each kit for purchasers to mark other possessions at their home, for example computers, iPads and mobile phones.

PC Dave McCartney said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to safeguard their bikes and other property at a bargain price. Paul and I will meet them at FMB to sell the SmartWater kits and show them what to do. We will also be giving away free ultra violet marker pen kits. Staff at FMB will offer to examine all bikes to give advice on their roadworthiness free of charge.”

SmartWater is a forensic property marker that can be used on valuable or easily removable items. No two SmartWater solutions have the same forensic code, meaning that marked items can be traced back to where they came from, provided the solution applied has been registered with SmartWater. The solution is invisible under normal light, but glows brightly under ultra violet light, making it easily identifiable by the police. Purchasers should paint a small amount of the SmartWater solution on each object and register the kit to their address. It is recommended that people should clearly display the signage supplied with each kit to deter potential thieves, especially as the SmartWater logo is well known among criminals and the signage alone is a major deterrent.

Bicycle thefts in the city area are generally reducing, but in the three months from July 1 to September 25 a total of 296 bicycles were stolen. This compares to 414 stolen in the same period last year. The city police area comprises of police stations at Beaumont Leys, Hinckley Road, Welford Road, Mansfield House, Keyham Lane and Spinney Hill Park.

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