Putting the brakes on bi­cy­cle theft

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

A NEW joint WA Po­lice and Transperth cam­paign aimed at re­duc­ing bi­cy­cle theft in the Fre­man­tle and Cock­burn ar­eas will be­gin this month.

Fre­man­tle in­ves­ti­ga­tions man­ager Phil Gaz­zone said Fre­man­tle and North Coogee had a tra­di­tion­ally higher rate of bi­cy­cle thefts.

“The key mes­sage here is ‘if your bike’s not D-locked, it’s not locked’,” he said.

“Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to use a D-lock if they in­tend to se­cure their bi­cy­cles out­side as some ca­ble and chain locks can be eas­ily bro­ken.

“The Fre­man­tle area tra­di­tion­ally has a higher rate of bi­cy­cle theft com­pared to other ar­eas.

“North Coogee ex­pe­ri­ences a high rate of thefts, par­tic­u­larly along Robb Road, Heiris­son Way, Break­sea Drive and Me­d­ina Pa­rade near Ngarkal Beach.

“It is re­ally pos­i­tive to see the join­ing of forces to col­lab­o­ra­tively tackle this crime type.”

Po­lice also rec­om­mend mark­ing bi­cy­cles to as­sist with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“The pub­lic can ei­ther en­grave their bi­cy­cle us­ing their drivers li­cense num­ber or con­sider mark­ing tech­nol­ogy,” Mr Gaz­zone said.

“Mi­cro dots, UV mark­ing or even a track­ing de­vice can be used for more ex­pen­sive bi­cy­cles.”

A Transperth spokesman said Fre­man­tle sta­tion had the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of cy­clists us­ing any train sta­tion on its net­work.

“We do ev­ery­thing we can to pre­vent theft and ap­pre­hend of­fend­ers on our net­work in­clud­ing tar­geted pa­trols and 24-7 sur­veil­lance via CCTV,” he said.

“Cy­clists have an im­por­tant role to play in se­cur­ing their bi­cy­cles and ac­ces­sories in a way which makes it as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble for the bike to be stolen.”

Bike lock give­aways and ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als such as brochures will be pro­vided.

There are no plans to ex­pand the cam­paign to other ar­eas at this stage but pre­vi­ous ini­tia­tives have been suc­cess­ful.

The City of Cock­burn, Fre­man­tle po­lice and Transperth will host a beach­side crime preven­tion event on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, from 9am to 11am.

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