SCOOTER and wheelchair users have been invited to have their mobility equipment protected as part of a new crime reduction initiative taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Project instigators, PCSOs Jayne Richardson and Rob Ovington from Wainfleet Neighbourhood Policing Team will be hosting the Scooter Safe event at the Hildreds Centre, Skegness, this Saturday and Sunday.
PCSO Richardson said: “There are a large number of mobility scooters in the coatal towns, used by residents and holidaymakers alike, and some models can cost many thousands of pounds.
“Although crime levels are low in the region and thefts of scooters aren’t common, we are keen to encourage people to take all available opportunities to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime and to protect their machines.”
Scooter and wheelchair owners will be able to protect their equipment using an ‘immobitag’ - a device containing a unique serial number, which is embedded into the machine’s frame and is registered to the owner who will receive a ‘passport’
The majority of UK police forces have scanner which can read the tags to trace ownership of stolen property.
PCSO Orpington explained: “The Immobitags are being offered at a reduced price of £6.50 per device which covers the cost and also includes 50p which will be reinvested in the project to enable us to purchase more security marking equipment and offer the service to other residents and visitors along the coast.”
Immoobitag purchasers will also be offered a warning sticker stating that the equipment has been tagged to act as a deterrent to thieves and can also engrave the scooter’s chassis number of the frame.
Local businesses Seacroft Mobility of Roman Bank and People First of Lumley Square, Skegness, have supported this scheme with sponsorship.
The event, which will be attended by a police marked scooter to raise awareness, runs from 10am until 4pm and no appointment is necessary