Helping to deter thefts

PCSOs Neil Parkin and Alan Bunker marking bikes.
PCSOs Neil Parkin and Alan Bunker marking bikes.
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Cyclists in Ashington are being urged to help keep thieves at bay across the town.

Around 100 bikes and scooters have been security marked by the town’s police community support officers at various locations – including the town centre, Newbiggin and North Seaton – as part of a partnership with local schools and Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Further events are planning leading up to the summer holidays.

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “Security marking is a great way to deter thieves but it also means if the bike is lost or stolen and recovered by police, the marking can be used to identify the rightful owner.

“Bike thieves are often opportunist, so it’s important other security methods are used such as locks and not leaving it unattended.

“By taking simple steps to ensure your bike is safe and secure you can reduce your risk of falling victim to thieves.”

For more crime prevention advice visit www.northumbria.police.uk