A new bicycle crime prevention initiative will be launched in the New Year by police.
Bike Security Month will run throughout January 2014 around Lancaster and Morecambe, with the aim of promoting the importance of taking proper bicycle security measures following a rise in bicycle thefts in the area in recent months.
As part of this, Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be offering free bicycle-marking to members of the public.
Bike marking kits have been purchased in partnership with Lancashire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Department, and will allow the public to have their bikes marked with a permanent, unique reference number, which can then be registered with Bike Register (www.BikeRegister.com).
Sgt James Neale of Lancaster Police said; “Bike Security Month is being carried out due to recent increases in reports of cycle thefts within the area.
“By registering bikes, it is hoped that this will deter thieves and, in the event of bikes being stolen, we will have more chance of reuniting bikes with their owners.”
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