British Transport Police target bike theft with cycle safety surgery in Rugby

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OFFICERS from British Transport Police (BTP) are holding a cycle surgery, offering safety advice and tagging bikes, at Rugby railway station on Tuesday.

The surgery, taking place from 3.30pm to around 7pm, will be a chance for afternoon and early-evening commuters to ensure they have their bikes securely marked.

PCSO Hayley Jones, of BTP, said: “This is a chance for cyclists to make sure they are given the best security advice to help protect their bikes and have their possessions tagged.

“Officers will be in the main concourse area at the station, handing out free security marking devices and offering passengers advice on how to keep their bike safe as possible.

“Please note that to qualify for this offer, cyclists must attend the event with their bicycles – we won’t hand out the devices to people who do not have cycles with them.”

Officers will also be checking bike racks and leaving crime prevention advice for those owners who fail to adequately lock and secure their pedal cycles.

Theft of cycles is an ongoing problem on the railway network and has been compounded because many bike owners are not following simple measures to ensure they don’t fall victim to thieves.

Since 1 April 2011, there have been a total of 17 thefts of bicycles reported at Rugby station.

PCSO Jones added: “A difficulty we face is that many people who ride bikes leave them at railway stations for very long periods of time, with some even owning two bikes and leaving them locked up at stations overnight.

“Because of this, it’s more important than ever to ensure cycle owners are educated and informed about how best to protect themselves from thieves.

“There are several steps people can take to ensure their bikes are adequately marked and secured to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.

“The best thing to remember is to register your bike and also to ensure two solid locks are used to secure both the frame and the wheels to the stand. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore reduces its desirability to thieves.

“Meanwhile, BTP officers are working closely with Warwickshire Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams and also Warwickshire Council to identify offenders and bring them to justice.”

Police advice for making your bike more secure:

Get your bike tagged and register it at www.bikeregister.com

Ensure you have a solid lock.

Always lock your bicycle through its frame, not just through the wheel.

Fix your bike to solid, immovable objects in recognised cycle storage areas.

Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV-covered area.