Cumbria Constabulary is holding a countywide bike marking event just after Christmas, to deter thieves from stealing people’s bicycles.
Bicycle thefts are common in all parts of Cumbria and in order to prevent thefts and help trace owners of bikes that are recovered, bicycle marking events are taking place across Cumbria beginning the 29th December.
Many people will have received a new bicycle for Christmas and may have had them registered and marked at the time. However, for anyone who didn’t have a chance or for those who want to take the opportunity to get any bicycle marked, Police Community Support Officers will be available in police stations across the county.
Cumbria Constabulary’s Community Safety lead, Inspector Jon Sherlock said: “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to get your bicycle marked. It may not prevent it being stolen, but will help us to re-unite owners with their cycles should we recover them. As a Force, Cumbria Constabulary seizes and recovers hundreds of cycles each year, but unfortunately on numerous occasions we have no way of returning them to their rightful owners – so bike marking helps us to do this.
“You can take your bicycle to a station, but if you are just passing whilst out shopping in the Christmas sales and don’t have time to stop, then please call in and pick up some information. We can also offer advice on keeping your cycle secure at home and when out and about.
“Bike marking is a simple and effective scheme that, combined with bike-locking and security awareness, goes a long way in our fight against this type of crime. Some people now pay more for a bike than they do for a second-hand car, so it’s crucial that the bike’s security is considered.”
PCSOs will be on hand to advise people about crime prevention and will be able to listen to any concerns people may wish to raise.
Inspector Sherlock continued: “To avoid becoming a victim of theft, always lock your bicycle, even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes. Lock your bike to an immovable object – a bike rack or ground anchor and secure removable parts and lock both wheels and the frame together to make a thief’s life harder.”
For further crime prevention advice and information contact any Cumbria Community Safety Unit on 101, or visit the Constabulary website at www.cumbria.police.uk.
Events are taking place at the following locations that are open to all the public:
West Cumbria Bike Marking on Saturday 29th December:
Workington Police Station – 12 pm to 4 pm
Maryport Police Station – 12 pm to 4 pm
Cockermouth Police Station – 11 am to 3 pm
Keswick Police Station – 1 pm to 5 pm
Wigton Police Station – 1 pm to 5 pm
Egremont Police Station – 11 am to 3 pm
Braemar Cycles, Preston Street, Whitehaven – 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday 30th December 2012
Network Centre, Millom - 1pm to 3pm
North Cumbria Bike Marking on Saturday 29th December:
Durranhill Carlisle- 9 am to3 pm
Penrith Hunter Lane- 9 am to 3 pm
Carlisle Youth Zone (Junior Sessions) -1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Carlisle Youth Zone (Senior Sessions) – 6:30 pm to 10 pm
South Cumbria Bike Marking on Friday 28th December
Barrow station front desk 9 am to 12 pm
Walney fire station rear yard (or main hall in bad weather) 12:30 pm to 5 pm
Saturday 29th December:
Ulverston station front desk (or car park if weather is good) 9 am to 5 pm
Kendal station front desk 12:30 pm to 5 pm