The bad weather was snow problem for officers from the Chorleywood Safer Neighbourhood Team as they braved the cold conditions to hold a bike marking event last weekend.
PCSOs Lauren Maberly, Jessica Hill and Steven Jacob marked around 30 bicycles in Lower Road on Saturday (March 17) and also issued crime prevention and safety advice to cyclists.
Details of the bikes were then registered on the online database immobilise.com so that they can be reunited with their owners if they are ever lost or stolen and subsequently recovered.
PCSO Lauren Maberly said: “Despite the terrible weather, we still had a good turn out on the day. Security marking your bike makes it safer. It not only helps police to reunite lost or stolen items with the owners, but also acts as a deterrent to thieves as bikes that are clearly security marked are far less attractive to criminals. We will be holding similar events in the coming months so keep an eye out for details.”
Here are some simple steps you can take to help deter opportunist thieves from stealing your bike:
* Never leave your bike unlocked – even if you’re just popping into a shop.
* The best kind of lock is a quality solid steel D-shaped shackle lock. You can buy these at any bike shop.
* Always lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings, preferably in a public area.
* If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel.
* If you have a pump or detachable lights take them with you when you leave your bike.
* Make sure you have adequate insurance cover for your bike.
* Register your bike on www.immobilise.com, a free online property database which police use to check stolen property. That way, if your bike does get stolen, you have more chance of it being returned to you.