Bicycle engraving initiative
EAST Perth resident Magdalena Wajrak is the first cyclist to have her precious two wheels engraved for security in Operation Amado, being conducted by police in Perth.
“I’ve already had one bike stolen and they’re not getting this one,” Ms Wajrak said.
Her $1000 bike was taken from a storage unit about a year ago, so she had her new bike engraved with her driver’s licence number last Thursday.
“A licence number doesn’t change and we suggest it’s the best way of identifying your bike by putting it under the main frame,” Sergeant Leanne Murdoch said.
Sgt Murdoch said unidentified and unmarked bikes often took up police resources and time.
She said the number of commuters, lifestyle and fitness racers, and leisure cyclists in the CBD and nearby inner-city suburbs meant bike thefts and losses were frequent in the district.
“Only 9 per cent of stolen bicycles have been returned in the past six months because we don’t know who owned them all,” she said.
Police on the street could also benefit from bicycles being marked because they could use the identification to contact the owner if they found someone they thought to be a thief with the bike.
Police will engrave bicycles at their Roe Street Station in Perth, and plan engraving clinics at community events, cafes popular with cyclists and parks in which recreational cyclists ride, starting early next month.