Free bicycle security kits are to be offered to local communities across the county after Cheshire Constabulary secured funding for 1,500 kits.
To mark the second anniversary of Shield – the force’s crime prevention brand – officers have bought more than £3,600 worth of bike marking kits to be issued at local events.
Each kit provides cyclists with a unique identification number which will allow the bike to be returned to its rightful owner if it is stolen and recovered by the police. The number is applied to the bike either by using a permanent dye or a sticker to the framework and then registered on a national database which can be searched by all forces across the country.
Superintendent Peter Crowcroft, who oversees the Constabulary’s neighbourhood policing, said: “It’s great news we have been able to secure a significant amount of bike marking kits to give to cyclists to help protect their bikes from opportunistic thieves.
“The kits are an excellent way to make it difficult for thieves to sell the bikes on, enabling officers to identify the owners of the stolen property so it can be returned to them. Seeing a bike has been property marked can also make it a less attractive target for thieves.
“I would encourage cyclists to collect one of the kits and speak to officers where they will be given lots of helpful tips and advice.”
The funding for the bike marking kits was sourced from the Police Property Act fund – cash generated through the sale of property which has come into the police’s possession and the owner cannot be identified or a court order has been made.
Shield is the force’s overarching brand for all crime prevention including serious and acquisitive crime (SAC) offences. Shield provides advice to local communities and raise awareness of how crime can be prevented.
Bike marking kits will be available at community events across the county. To find out when the next bike marking event is, keep an eye on the Cheshire Police local policing unit social media accounts. PCSO’s will also be issuing some of the kits at their regular surgeries.