Free Bike Security Event- Roundhay
Thursday 25 October 2012
Police are putting the brakes on cycle theft in Roundhay and are encouraging people to bring their bike along to a series of free security 'tagging' events being run by local officers this weekend.
The first event will be held at the skate park on Princes Avenue (LS8 1DF) this Saturday (27/10) from 10am - 3pm.
Follow-up events will be held the following day at Tesco on Rounday Road (LS8 4BU) from 10am - 2pm and at the Zone youth centre on Sand Hill Lane (LS17 6AQ) from 4.30pm until 8pm.
Those bringing their bikes along can have them security tagged with an ultra violet pen and each bike is given a unique ID code. The owners details are then added onto the national property database making it easier for police to identify the bike and return it to its rightful owner should the worst happen.
Inspector Andrew Briggs, who leads the Roundhay, Alwoodley and Moortown Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This is a simple and free way help guard against the inconvenience and expense caused by becoming a victim of bike theft.
"Anyone wishing to have their bike marked is asked to bring a form of identification with them to the events so that details can be accurately recorded."
Further tips on keeping your bike safe include:
Use a good lock. Always lock your bike to something secure such as a bike rack or a lamppost and make the lock and bike difficult to manoeuvre.
Lock up any removable parts such as wheels and take light fittings with you.
Take a clear colour photograph of your bike and a written record of its description. Include any unique features along with the frame number. Keep these details in a safe place.
Keep your bike in a locked garage or shed and try to ensure it is secured to something immovable.