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New Scheme Aims To Reduce Cycle Thefts – Hereford

December 5, 2012, 5:24 pm

CSOs John Mackie and Jim Preece at launch of BikeRegister initiative

Police in Hereford have launched a new scheme which aims to tackle bike thefts in the city.

Following a recent spike in cycle thefts, officers have this morning (Wednesday, 5 December) been at Sainsbury’s on Barton Yard encouraging cyclists to mark their bikes using the BikeRegister system.

The new crime reduction initiative involves a stencil being applied to the frame which cannot easily be removed. The marking contains a unique code that is then registered onto a secure online database. A tamper proof sticker advertising that the bike has been marked is also placed on the frame.

If the bike is stolen and recovered, police can access the database and identify the rightful owner. The security mark can also help to convict cycle thieves.

The free initiative is being jointly funded by West Mercia Police and Herefordshire Council.

Community Support Officer Jim Preece from the Hereford Central Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We have experienced an increase in bike theft from cycle racks and places of work in central Hereford, as well as from residential property and sheds. Many of the stolen bikes were secured, but not well enough to deter bike thieves.

“This new scheme acts as a deterrent to any would-be bike thieves, as a marked bike is much more difficult to sell on.

“We will be out and about over the next month to raise awareness about bike security and also reassure cyclists that they are doing all they can to protect their bikes.

“Bike marking does deter thieves; it’s free and only takes a couple of minutes to do. It was great to see everyone today at the launch and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to the next event, which is taking place this Friday (7 December) outside Marks & Spencer in High Town between 8am and 10.30am.”

Information on future bike marking events can be found by following Hereford Central SNT on Twitter: @hightowncops

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