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Free security marking for cyclists in June

by Jonathan Kearney

Merseyside Police is hosting a series of free marking events in Knowsley and the wider region, encouraging the public to protect their bikes from theft or robbery.

The events follow increased reports of incidents involving bikes and electric bikes, including robberies and anti-social behaviour.

In the past month, a number of e-bikes and suspected stolen motorbikes have been seized by police and their riders arrested, including the following:

  • On Thursday 2 May, two males, aged 20, 18, and two females aged 15 and 29, were arrested and four suspected stolen motorbikes seized from a property in Garston. The 20-year-old male and 29-year-old female have been conditionally bailed and the 18-year-old male and 15-year-old female have been released under investigation.
  • On Wednesday 1 May, a 21-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested after a group of males were riding e-bikes in an anti-social manner in Stanley Park, in Anfield. He has been released under investigation.
  • A 14-year-old boy was arrested in connection to two separate robberies of e-bikes on the Loopline in Halewood on Monday 29 April. He has since been conditionally bailed.
  • On Saturday 27 April, five e-bikes were seized from a property in Huyton and a 42-year-old woman and 17-year-old male were arrested. Both have been conditionally bailed.

At the events, bikes will be marked with a unique code and added to the national Bike Register database, making it easier for police to reunite stolen bikes with their owners. It can also act as a deterrent to would-be thieves as the bike is permanently marked, making it more difficult to sell.

Research suggests cyclists are 83% more likely to have their bike stolen if it is not Bike Register marked.

Officers are actively checking bikes on Bike Register to see if they have been reported as lost or stolen. This has now resulted in a significant number of stolen bikes being returned to their rightful owners. In the last year, more than 1,000 bikes have been registered by officers.

Superintendent Phil Mullally said: “We have made a number of arrests and positive seizures of e-bikes in the past month and will continue to patrol open spaces and provide a visible presence as we head into summer.

“Innocent people who use bikes and e-bikes are often targeted and fall victim to robberies at the hands of people who are intent to use them to assist their criminal activity. We understand how distressing it is to be a victim of this type of crime and the impact it can have.

“We are working hard to reduce this through targeted patrols to disrupt and arrest offenders and hosting free marking events to help bike owners secure their property.

“Using Bike Register helps us to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and return recovered bikes to their rightful owners.

“If you own a bike or e-bike, please come along to one of our upcoming events, within a few minutes your bike will be registered and better protected.”

Upcoming bike marking event

June

  • Wednesday 26 June 2024 – Pets at Home, Cables Retail Park, Prescot, 10am – 12pm

Please follow Merseyside Police’s social media channels for updates and upcoming bike marking events near you.

Anyone with any information about anti-social behaviour or the illegal use of bikes is asked to call Merseyside Police on 101, DM us @MerPolCC or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

For more practical tips on how to protect your bike from theft, visit: Protect your bike from theft | Merseyside Police