Bolsover and District Cycling Club is tackling bike crime with a new crime prevention initiative.
The Club is offering discounted bike theft deterrent products – including cable lock and permanent bike marking kits to encourage cyclists to protect their property.
The Club also teamed up with Derbyshire Constabulary basic Command Unit at Chesterfield in their bike crime-fighting scheme.
“Most cycle thefts in the Bolsover district have been linked to shed burglaries," revealed Derbyshire Police’s PC Adam Galley. "However there has also been some opportunist bike theft which we are keen to stamp out. When someone buys a bike for more than £100 they really don’t want it to go missing.
“The link-up with Bolsover and District Cycling Club is a natural fit, as it is a popular outlet for local cycle enthusiasts and their families.”
"We launched the scheme in connection with Police-led Operation Relentless because we feel that anyone who has a bike worth hundreds of pounds can afford to buy a lock for it, or permanently mark it with a unique serial number and register it on BikeRegister, the national cycle database.
“This means that if the worst happens and your bike is stolen then recovered by the Police, it can be traced back to you via the serial number.
“Bike thieves need to act quickly and if we can make them think twice about the risks involved, that might be enough to deter them completely.”
Steve Crapper, Bolsover & District Cycling Club Chairman, said: “We are happy to make arrangements to apply the permanent marking solution for local cyclists. It is a simple process that literally takes a few minutes to do.”
“We want thieves to look at our bikes and say to themselves ‘Is it really worth me stealing this, especially when the bike is marked and it will be difficult to sell on?’.
“We are also a very family-oriented club, with regular Go-Ride coaching sessions available for under 16s, and well-planned rides that the whole family can enjoy.
Crapper concluded: “We are excited to be a part of Operation Relentless, which is not only providing valuable protection for our members, but also the wider cycling community.