Putting the brakes on bicycle theft
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.