Police bike marking events popular
Dated: 26 Feb 2010
Two Northumbria Police bike security marking events have proved very popular with cyclists in North Tyneside.
One session was held at the Guide and Scout HQs in Manor Road, North Shields on February 16, when 37 cyclists turned up during the two hour session to get their bikes security marked. A second event held the day after at Marden Residents Association in Cullercoats also saw riders queuing up to keep their bikes safe and police marked a further 15 bikes.
PC Paul Athey of the North Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team of North Tyneside area command, said: "These events are a great way of helping cyclists keep their bikes safe and preventing crime. These events are free and we also give riders crime prevention advice as well."
PC Kev Daykin, from Whitley Bay said: "We're asking cyclists to take sensible precautions to reduce the risk of having their bikes stolen. Please remember to lock your bikes at all times even if you're just leaving it for a couple of minutes, to fasten your bike securely, to railings or street furniture."
This latest initiative was held alongside Justice Prince Neighbourhood Voices pilot scheme who were seeking residents' views on local public services.
Crime prevention tips for cyclists:
Store your cycle in a shed or garage where possible.
Use quality padlocks, hasps and staples. Replace standard hinges with strap hinges secured by coach bolts or non-return screws. Alternatively, consider a purpose-made shed bar or specialist garage locks.
Lock the side or rear gate. An intruder climbing over it is more likely to be seen as suspicious than one who just opens the gate and walks in. Prickly plants and trellis on fences and walls can provide extra protection.
Consider getting your bike security marked so if it is stolen and recovered it can be returned
Record the serial number of the bike and photograph it
Pictured is CSO Gillian Gray with cyclists at the Guide and Scout HQs.