Skegness Neighbourhood Policing Team and People First Mobility have teamed up to give purchasers of mobility scooters the opportunity to have their equipment security-tagged.
Originally developed for bicycles, ImmobiTag is a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) that is embedded into the handlebars of the scooter. Each tag contains a unique serial number that can be read by the police anywhere in the country, revealing the registered owner’s details and whether or not it has been reported stolen.
Local officers in the town have worked alongside retailers for a number of years, hosting crime reduction sessions where owners could have their scooters microchipped with an Immobitag. But this new development in the partnership now means that, in the first scheme of its kind, devices will be ready fitted and included in the purchase price.
Director of the Lumley Square store, Karen Sheppard, said: “We have an excellent relationship with our local police and have been happy to work with them to promote mobility scooter security and to encourage owners to protect their equipment by retrofitting the Immobitags. However, being able to offer the scooters with the device already fitted is great news for our customers as, whether they buy a brand new or second hand model, they will have peace of mind built in and at no extra cost”.
PCSO Jayne Richardson said: “The purchase of a mobility scooter represents a significant investment, particularly to users on low incomes and pensions. Any theft can have a huge impact on the victim, not just financially but in terms of their independence and ability to leave their home and live an active life. Immobitags are proven technology which has been helping reduce cycle thefts for some years now and the devices are ideal for protecting mobility scooters too”.
Further details can be obtained from by calling in at the shop in Lumley Square, or by calling 01754 898883. Alternatively, you can visit their website at http://www.peoplefirstmobility.co.uk/