Help your­self by lock­ing up bi­cy­cles

Evening Express (City Final) - - Views - By Dale Haslam

PO­LICE of­fi­cers tak­ing away bikes they find ly­ing about may seem a bit of an over-re­ac­tion in some quar­ters. But with the cost fac­ing own­ers in re­plac­ing bi­cy­cles in­creas­ing year on year, of­fi­cers should be ap­plauded for try­ing to pro­tect other peo­ple’s prop­erty. As much as the scheme is a pos­i­tive step, it should not be down to the po­lice to look af­ter our be­long­ings. Front­line ser­vices are con­stantly fac­ing cut­backs, so in or­der to keep po­lice of­fi­cers on the beat – which is some­thing many have said has been lack­ing over re­cent years – why not take some re­spon­si­bil­ity and take care of your bike?

That way of­fi­cers’ time will not be taken up deal­ing with some­thing that can eas­ily be avoided if we take more care.

CY­CLISTS who do not lock up their bikes may have them taken away by po­lice of­fi­cers.

The warn­ing came as of­fi­cers launched a cam­paign en­cour­ag­ing bi­cy­cle own­ers to think safe – or their two-wheeled ve­hi­cle could be stolen, or con­fis­cated by po­lice.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, called Op­er­a­tion Lathe, po­lice will be clamp­ing down on thieves and urg­ing peo­ple to buy qual­ity chains.

When the op­er­a­tion ran last year, po­lice re­cov­ered 31 bikes and 34 peo­ple were charged with bike theft dur­ing a six-week pe­riod last June and July.

At yes­ter­day’s launch, Sergeant Craig Mur­ray, who is lead­ing the ini­tia­tive told the Even­ing Ex­press: “If we’re out and about and see a bike that is ly­ing in­se­cure then we will wait with that bike for a while to see if the owner comes back and, if not, we’re go­ing to take it with us as found prop­erty.

“We need to pro­tect that bike be­cause, ul­ti­mately, the best thing for us to do is to take the bike out of sight to avoid it be­com­ing a tar­get of theft.”

He added: “It is nicer weather, peo­ple are out on their bikes a lot more and it is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to launch the cam­paign to get peo­ple think­ing about bike se­cu­rity over the com­ing months so they are not vic­tims of crime.” One com­mon prob­lem, said Craig Mur­ray at Tran­si­tion Ex­treme with skate park su­per­vi­sor Dou­glas Castell. Sgt Mur­ray, is peo­ple buy­ing cheap locks for ex­pen­sive bikes.

“My mes­sage would be – if you’re spend­ing thou­sands of pounds on a bike, it is worth in­vest­ing in a de­cent lock,” said Sgt Mur­ray.

The launch was held at the in­door bike rid­ing cen­tre, Tran­si­tion Ex­treme.

Dur­ing the school hol­i­days, staff will be hold­ing out­door bik­ing events for young­sters, called Ex­treme Sum­mer, at North­field Skate Park and Torry Skate Park, plus Tesco stores in Bridge of Don, Kin­corth and Wood­side.

The ini­tia­tive will en­cour­age peo­ple to keep bikes se­cure.

Tran­si­tion Ex­treme project co-or­di­na­tor Linzi Har­row said the com­pany was ex­cited to be sup­port­ing po­lice in the fight against bike crime.

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My mes­sage would be – it’s worth in­vest­ing in de­cent lock

scheme: More than 30 bikes were re­cov­ered last year.

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