Officers from the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team have launched a free monthly security marking scheme as a preventative measure against bicycle theft.
Between 9am and 12pm on a bright and sunny Wednesday (12 January) the team stationed themselves outside the town centre library for their first session, where they security marked a total of 36 bikes over three hours.
This proactive crime prevention work was made possible thanks to a kit from Bike Register, the national bicycle registration database which can be accessed by all 43 police forces in the UK.
The act of security marking involves registering your bicycle on the Bike Register database (opens in a new window), before the team marks the frame with your individual number and applies a warning label to let thieves know it has been recorded on the national database.
Security marking makes bikes less attractive to would-be thieves, as they’re harder to sell on, and if they should ever be lost or stolen then they can be reunited with their rightful owners more easily.
PCSO David Gunn worked with the Constabulary’s Crime Reduction and Community Safety Team to set up the project, which was co-funded by Watford Borough Council, in response to a spike in reported bike thefts in Watford.
He was joined on Wednesday by colleagues PCSO Nicola Peatey and PCSO Karen Marchant.
PCSO Gunn said: “Our first event was a great success, and the feedback we had from the public was very positive. As well as marking a total of 36 bikes, we also provided advice around security and the best types of locks to use.
“If you didn’t have a chance to come along on Wednesday, then don’t worry – we are going to run a bike marking event at least once a month, so we will be releasing future dates and times soon.
“Bike marking only takes a couple of minutes and it can help deter thieves from stealing your bike. As those who are keen cyclists know, bicycles are an investment and cost thousands to buy and upkeep. Our bike marking service is free, and it will give you peace of mind that your property is more secure.”
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