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Norfolk police to lock down on bicycle thefts

PUBLISHED: 13:53 28 September 2017

Norfolk police have launched a project to prevent secondary school children becoming victims of bicycle theft. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Norfolk police have launched a project to prevent secondary school children becoming victims of bicycle theft. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

King’s Lynn police will be offering free bike marking over the coming weeks to tackle the issue of bicycle thefts in the town.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Greene has funded the purchase of bike marking kits after an increase in the number of bike thefts in the town since the beginning of the year.

Sergeant Howard Elvidge said: “By holding a number of dedicated bicycle marking events across the town we will be able to educate people about bicycle security and prevent bicycle theft.

“Something as simple as a sticker and a postcode is enough to deter an opportunistic thief – but it is also essential cyclists use strong quality locks, such as a D-lock, to keep their bike safe.”

The move forms part of a county-wide project being launched by Norfolk police at the end of this month.

The Safer Schools Partnership will be rolling out a Bike Register scheme for high schools across the county following an increase in opportunistic bicycle thefts on schools grounds.

Officers have been trained to mark the bicycles and sign individuals up to the free Bike Register website – a national database which flags a bike up as stolen and increases the chance of it being reunited with its owner.

Each school will be provided with a number of combination bike locks to secure any unlocked bikes left on the site. Any students who have failed to adequately secure their bicycle will be sent home with a letter detailing bike safety advice.

PC Garry Hoadley from the Safer Schools Partnership said: “It’s hoped this initiative will deter opportunistic thieves and save young people from the inconvenience and financial implications of having their bike stolen.

“By signing up to Bike Register the students will be helping the police ensure stolen bikes can be returned to their rightful owners, as well as securing convictions against those who commit this kind of crime.

“I would like to thank the schools for working in partnership with the police on this project and I would urge parents to ensure their child is provided with a bike lock if they cycle to school.”

The Safer Schools Bike Register Project will be launched at the Open Academy’s Environment Day on Saturday, September 30.

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