Con­certed bid to stop cy­cle of bike theft

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d440135

Trav­elS­mart of­fi­cer Fran­cois Sauzier, Safer Vin­cent co-or­di­na­tor Carl Grosetti and Wem­b­ley Po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sgt Kate Vi­vian.

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