Reg­is­ter aims to re­unite bikes and own­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Deter­ring thieves and re­unit­ing stolen bikes with their own­ers is the aim of a new crime pre­ven­tion pro­gram be­ing pro­moted in the City of Kar­ratha area through the of­fer of free bike locks.

The Na­tional Bike Reg­is­ter web­site, which was launched late last year, asks peo­ple to reg­is­ter in­for­ma­tion about their bikes on an on­line po­lice data­base and be is­sued with an iden­ti­fy­ing sticker, al­low­ing of­fi­cers to search for its de­tails should they re­cover it as stolen prop­erty.

The pro­gram has re­ceived a lo­cal boost in re­cent weeks in the form of 1000 free bike locks be­ing of­fered to the first res­i­dents to sign up, as part of an in­cen­tive scheme from the Kar­ratha Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Part­ner­ship.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Pe­ter Long said the reg­is­ter and bike lock in­cen­tive tied in well with the City’s Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Part­ner­ship fo­cus on bi­cy­cle thefts. Visit na­tion­al­bik­ereg­is­

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

City of Kar­ratha com­mu­nity safety co-or­di­na­tor Steph Sparks, Mayor Pe­ter Long and Kar­ratha po­lice Sen. Sgt Andy Stevens dis­play free bike locks and stick­ers with Natasha, 6, and Alexan­der Lit­tle, 10.

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