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Police Put the Brakes on Bike Theft
Tuesday 3rd May, 2011

A bike marking event is being run in Wigan town centre next week to mark the launch of Greater Manchester Police’s new Beat The Bike Thief campaign.

Date: Monday 9 May 2011

Time: 10am – 3pm

Venue: Mobile police station, outside Gamestation, 21-23 Market Place, Wigan, WN1 1PE

Wigan officers and Homewatch representatives will be available on the day to security-mark bikes and give advice, and people can also win security locks by taking part in a quiz.

As part of the campaign, Beat The Bike Thief posters will go up in cycle shops, colleges and other public buildings reminding cyclists to always secure bikes with a good quality chain or lock when not in use. Bike security tips will also be sent out via twitter.

In this latest effort to stamp out bike theft, officers will target thieves by using decoy bikes to track down offenders, as well as patrolling hotspot areas. In addition, officers will be on the lookout for bikes with similar descriptions to those stolen, stop-checking anyone who might be riding one. Should a bike turn out to be stolen, they will be arrested.

Inspector Glenn Jones of the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) said: “This is a great opportunity for people to get their bikes security-marked free of charge, to meet local officers and take away essential crime prevention devices and advice.

“Thieves target bikes as they are expensive and are more likely to steal those secured only by a standard lock. If you are out and about, try to use a cycle rack that is covered by CCTV, but if there isn’t one available secure your bike to a heavy object that can't be moved.

"You can also register your bike at www.immobilise.com, which is an online database linked to police property systems that will help us reunite you with your bike should it be stolen and later found. By advertising that your bike's identity has been registered, it becomes far less attractive to thieves."

If you have information on anyone who may be committing crime in your area, please call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously with information on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity and will not ask for your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.


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