Free Bicycle Marking

posted 12 Sep 2012, 13:34 by Phil Handy   [ updated 23 Sep 2012, 07:15 ]
A message from PC Finbar Simmons, Neighbourhood Beat Manager:

"Every year the police have to destroy thousands of bicycles as we are not able to reunite them to their owners.  It is often the case that the police are not able to find the rightful owner due to there not being any mark linking it to an owner. 

What is frustrating for the police is when they arrest offenders suspected of having stolen property or seize property from suspected offenders and later find they cannot prosecute as they are unable to confirm who the owner of the property is - worse still is having to offer the property back to the suspected offender as there is no way of identifying the rightful owner.

The police recommend a national website as it allows the police to check property that is in the possession of suspected offenders - identifying if offences have occurred and also allowing property to be reunited to its rightful owner.

Over the next few weeks neighbourhood policing teams across the whole of the South Gloucestershire district are looking to provide a service where members of the public can have their bicycles marked and also registered on the immobilise website.  We plan to visit schools across Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heath, Westerleigh, Iron Acton and the surrounding area - where children will be invited to have their bicycles stamped.

We have also been allocated two days where we have mobile equipment available to us:

  1. 13/09/2012 between 0930 & 1800 hours at the Brockeridge Centre, Frampton Cotterell.
  2. 30/09/2012 between 0930 & 1800 hours at The Manor Hall, Coalpit Heath.

All people need to do is bring their bicycle along and the police will do the rest. "

PCSO's Marking Bicycles at the Brockeridge Centre - 12th September