Jersey Police are tackling cycle crime with a new theft prevention project.
The Bike Crime Prevention Initiative was launched at Liberty Wharf, St Helier, where crime reduction advice and help was given to over 150 bike owners during the day.
BikeRegister and various Jersey-based bike companies were present at the launch alongside Jersey Crimestoppers and DC Jeremy House from the States of Jersey Police Crime Reduction Unit.
Police are encouraging the use of bike locks and bike marking using Bike Register kits from Selectamark. The kits leave a permanent and visible chemical solution containing microdots, which are then applied to frames to form a unique personal code. A security sticker is then stuck on each bike to show that it is security marked.
DC Jeremy House warned bike owners: “It is important that you take the security of your bike seriously. Lock it securely when you park both in the open and when it is stored at home. Thieves can also take your bike saddle, wheels and lights if these are not secured. “You have probably spent a lot of money buying your bike, so the last thing you want is to be a victim of theft. That’s why it is so important to make sure that your bike is secure.”
DC House is aiming to get funding so that all bike shops in Jersey can use the BikeRegister kits to mark all cycles bought on the island.
In four months 100 bikes were reported stolen to Jersey Police (between October 1st 2010 to January 31st 2011). 70 per cent of those bikes, worth up to £490 each, were taken from street racks in St Helier.