On average 3 bikes are stolen each week across Eastleigh. Those stolen are most often left insecure or locked with a weak lock.
We’ll be offering free bike safety checks, free cycle security coding and advising on the more secure methods of locking bikes. For those who get their bike coded we have a number of half price ‘D’ lock vouchers, courtesy of Halfords.
Cycle marking involves us entering the details of your bike into our cycle database, and marking it with a tamper-proof unique code that helps identify it in the future. The advantage of getting your bicycle security marked is that should it be lost or stolen, the police have a better chance of being able to return it to you.
We also recommend registering any valuable or unique property on the National Immobilise web site. If your phone, bike, computer or any other registered item is lost or stolen, use Immobilise to instantly tell police, insurers, and the second-hand trade. These actions help greatly in the recovery of your property and capture of thieves
As well as cycle security we’ll be promoting safe, legal and considerate cycling. For example, highlighting the dangers of cycling without lights or on footways and being aware of other road users.
Eastleigh Safer Neighbourhoods team are targeting known criminals, patrolling areas where bike thefts have occurred and using their search powers if they suspect someone has stolen property on them. We have had several recent successes, charges brought & bikes recovered back to their owners.
Help us by giving us any information you have about bike theft Contact Eastleigh police or anonymously via Crimestoppers. Here is some useful advice from EBC on reducing bicycle crime. You can also follow our tweets from the beat on twitter @EastleighPolice.
Sgt Chris Spellerberg, Eastleigh police.