Free security marking events to help put brakes on bike thefts
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Cyclists in Northampton are being encouraged to help put the brakes on crime by making their bikes less attractive to thieves and making them harder to sell on.
The Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding three socially distanced events this month (May) and cyclists are invited to come along and get their bikes security marked for free.
Cyclists attending this Friday’s (May 21) Umbrella Fair Dr Bike event at the town’s Racecourse, will be able to have their bikes security marked by the team between midday and 4pm at the Kettering Road entrance.
Between 11am and 3pm, the team will be at the Market Street community rooms this Saturday (May 22), and the Vernon Terrace community rooms the following week on Saturday, May 29.
Northampton Crime Prevention Officer Kate Bailey said: “For many people, their bike is much more than just a possession. It’s their transport to work, or how they stay fit, and losing it can be very upsetting as well as very expensive.
“The main advantage of having a bike security marked is bikes can be more easily identified and returned to the owner, if stolen, as well as acting as a deterrent to opportunist thieves.
“Events such as these enables us to provide cyclists with the right security tools and crime prevention information to help them protect their bikes and could help stop them from becoming a victim of a theft.”
In addition to getting their bikes marked, cyclists will be able to pick up secure bike locks, safety devices and crime prevention literature to help keep their bikes secure, supplied by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Streets fund.
Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has invested £1.4 million in Home Office funding to carry out crime prevention projects in Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering to make people safer. Some of the funding spent in Northampton has targeted cycle security, including these cycle marking events and packs.
Anyone under the age of 18 is asked to bring an adult with them so their item can be permanently etched to help protect against theft.
Further information on BikeRegister, the police-approved national cycle database can be found at www.bikeregister.com or for general crime prevention advice visit www.northants.police.uk/crime-prevention