Community Safety Group supports bike security marking
Inverurie Community Policeman Jim Mitchell security marks a bike.
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More than 60 bikes were security-marked at Inverurie as part of a drive to crack down on bicycle crime.
The aim of the initiative is to enable police officers to trace the owners of recovered bikes which have been stolen by marking the frame with the owner's postcode and house number.
Grampian Police teamed up with the Garioch and North Marr Community Safety Group and local bike shop Pedal Power to security mark the bikes free of charge. Owners who turned up were also given a voucher that allows them to buy lights, a lock or a helmet at a discounted price from Pedal Power in Inverurie's Wyness Lane.
Inverurie community policeman Jim Mitchell said:
"Hopefully this will deter bicycle theft. There has been a problem with bicycle theft in Inverurie. There are a lot of unsecured bikes left in the town and only half of them are recovered.
"I'm extremely grateful to both the Garioch and North Marr Community Safety Group and local business Pedal Power for taking part. Security marking a cycle is one of those jobs that a lot of people put off till another day but this time all they had to do was turn up and have the work done for them."
South Aberdeen crime prevention officer Darren Mills added:
"We are always looking to address issues that affect communities, on this occasion focussing on cycle theft and road safety. We hope the security mark will deter a potential thief as they will realise the mark will show the bike does not belong to them.
"It also makes it easier for us to return a bike to the rightful owner. Of course, a security mark is only one tool that can be used in the fight against crime and I would urge owners to do their bit by locking their bike against something solid when not being used. The chance to buy a lock at discount was an added boon."
A similar security-marking session is planned for Kemnay on Sunday January 11. To arrange a time to get your bike marked, phone 01224 387308.