Police in bicycle crime crackdown

POLICE have launched a new campaign in a bit to tackle the rising number of bike thefts in the county.

Bicycle owners across Lincolnshire will be able to have their vehicles electronically tagged at organised bike marking sessions.

The electronic devices enable the police to trace owners via a national site should they be the victim of bike theft.

The police have also been using ‘trap bicycles’ to snare criminals.

“As the crime increases it is more important for owners to have basic security when leaving their bicycle, whether at home or in the public domain,” said a spokesperson.

“Criminals are increasingly carrying equipment that enables them to cut through basic bicycle locks or remove padlocks.

“Always secure your bicycle to a robust structure, and choose a site which is well lit, visible to members of the public and if possible in view of a CCTV camera.”

Check with police by ringing 101 or visit www.police.uk to see if there is a property-marking event near you and obtain a free passport to record your bicycle’s unique details.