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Get cycle security in gear at free police etching days in Alvaston

Posted on 15th April 2013

Cyclists can have their bikes etched for free to help prevent them being stolen.

Police from Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team will be offering the service on the next two Sundays.

Officers will etch security codes onto certain parts of the bike and take the details of the cyclist, such as their name and contact number.

The unique codes help police quickly trace the owner of a bike if it is stolen by thieves and later recovered.

Two security days are being held at the team’s community beat office, at the Esso station in Harvey Road, from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, April 14 and 21.

Sergeant Darran Burford, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood team, said having a bike security marked could also deter thieves in the first place.

He said: “Security etching is a quick and easy way to get your bike protected and is crucial in helping us get it back to you if it is unfortunately stolen.

“Bike thieves know how easy it is for us to check if a bike has been stolen, and who it belongs to, and so it can deter them from stealing it at all.

“Cyclists often spend a lot of money and time on their bikes and it only takes a moment for a thief to take one.

“But it also takes just a moment to get it marked for free so I’d urge as many cyclists as possible to come along and take advantage of the offer.”

Other crime prevention advice for cyclists includes:

  • Buy a good quality lock for your bike and secure it whenever it is left unattended;
  • Store your bike in a locked garage, shed or bike lock-up;
  • Never leave your bike unattended and unsecured in public view;
  • Take photographs of your bike and write down a description of it and anything unusual you have had fitted to it.

If you have any information about bike thefts call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.