Commuters in Letchworth can get their bikes up to the security mark on Tuesday
PUBLISHED: 04:09 19 July 2015 | UPDATED: 04:09 19 July 2015
Commuters will get the chance to have their bikes security marked at Letchworth’s railway station on Tuesday.
Officers from the Letchworth safer neighbourhood team along are teaming up with crime-fighting colleagues from British Transport Police to host a session between 5pm and 7pm.
PCSO Chris Farrier said: “If a bike is security marked and is stolen, there is more chance police can reunite it with the rightful owner.
“Security marking can also act as a deterrent to thieves, as if officers catch a thief with a bike which has been security marked we can quickly establish that a crime has been committed and make an arrest.
“While I know people may be in a rush to get home I would encourage commuters to stop and see us as we won’t take up much of your time and it really could be worthwhile.”
Police say there are some simple steps you can take to protect your bike from opportunist thieves:
Never leave your bike unlocked – even if you’re just popping into the newsagents.
The best kind of lock is a quality solid steel D-shaped shackle lock. You can buy these at any bike shop.
Always lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings, preferably in a public area.
If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel.
If you have a pump or detachable lights take them with you when you leave your bike.
Make sure you have adequate insurance cover for your bike.
Mark the frame of your bike with your postcode using a UV pen or contact your local cycle shop, as most will mark them for a small cost. You can contact us for advice on other property marking initiatives available on 101.
Register your bike on www.immobilise.com, a free online property database which police use to check stolen property. That way, if your bike does get stolen, you have more chance of it being returned to you.