British Transport Police officers are teaming up with colleagues from Warwickshire Police to hold a cycle surgery to offer safety advice and bike security marking for commuters at Rugby station tomorrow (Friday).
Officers will be available from 4pm to 7.30pm in the hope of helping evening commuters who cycle to and from the station. Police will hand out leaflets and give crime prevention advice to commuters, as well as offering security marking for commuters’ bikes.
British Transport Police spokesman Brian Price said: “Unfortunately, cyclists who leave their bikes at stations for long periods of time can find themselves the victims of theft - but measures such as the surgeries taking place next week help cut the number of incidents.”
There are a number of steps cyclists can take to help prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime. Registering a bicycle on the national crime-fighting database at BTP’s cycle surgeries is completely free of charge and helps police return any recovered stolen cycles to their owners more easily - as well as making items less appealing to would-be thieves.
British Transport Police issue the following advice:
* Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.
* Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
* Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
* Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.
* Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.
* Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.
* Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.