Bi­cy­cle en­grav­ing ini­tia­tive

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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