Concerted bid to stop cycle of bike theft
THE City of Vincent is shifting gears on bike identification in WA.
TravelSmart officer Francois Sauzier and Safer Vincent co-ordinator Carl Grosetti have developed a bicycle identification system in conjunction with WA Police, based on a model used in Queensland.
Wembley Police officer-in-charge Kate Vivian said the ID cards would help bike owners find their stolen bikes by recording details of purchase, bike model and even includes a space for a photo of the bike.
“It can be really hard to find the owners of the bikes; most of the time the bikes end up going to auction or being destroyed (after being held for three months),” Senior Sergeant Vivian said.
“It’s a great initiative by the City of Vincent working in collaboration with police.
“We would like to see other councils adopt a similar system.”
TravelSmart officer Francois Sauzier said Vincent was the first council in WA to implement the ID cards.
“We are really trying to push for a bike-friendly Vincent,” Mr Sauzier said.
“A lot of people take risks by buying expensive bikes but using cheap locks.
“The cards include tips for keeping your bike safe; it’s a combined approach.”
The cards will be available at local schools, bike shops, online and from the City of Vincent administration building.
TravelSmart officer Francois Sauzier, Safer Vincent co-ordinator Carl Grosetti and Wembley Police officer-in-charge Sgt Kate Vivian.