British Transport Police (BTP) officers will hold a cycle surgery at Waterloo rail station in September to encourage owners of pedal cycles to ensure their property is secure. Officers will give out security advice at the three-hour surgery, as well as providing free identification cycle markings for bikes. They will also be checking bike racks and leaving crime prevention advice for those owners who fail to adequately lock and secure their pedal cycles.
Officers will be at the station to make sure as many commuters as possible using the facilities at the station have their bikes securely marked. They are also offering free cycle marking for all bikes, ensuring that stolen bikes are easier to identify and give back to their original owners if recovered.
PC Jerry Isterling said the rail network is one of the key areas targeted by thieves and this is compounded because many bike owners are not following simple measures to ensure they don’t fall victim:
“A difficulty we face is that many people who ride bikes leave them at railway stations for very long periods of time, with some even owning two bikes and leaving them locked up overnight at stations,” he said.
“Because of this, it’s more important than ever for us to guarantee that cycle owners are educated and informed about how best to protect themselves from thieves.
“There are several steps people can take to make sure their bikes are adequately marked and secured to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.
“The best thing to remember is to register your bike and also to ensure two solid locks are used to secure both the frame and the wheels to the stand. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore reduces its desirability to thieves.”
Crime reduction officers will be stationed near the main cycle storage area at Waterloo Station between 4.00pm and 7.00pm on Tuesday, 14 September.
Passengers who do not have their bikes with them at the cycle marking events can apply to have a label posted to them by emailing LS-CR@btp.pnn.police.uk, including the name of the station their cycle is left at.
Mike Goggin, Network Rail’s director of stations and customer services, said: “More and more passengers are looking to combine rail and cycling to make their daily journeys. As we continue to improve cycling facilities at stations across the network to make this easier, we encourage those who park their bikes at these locations to secure them properly to make it more difficult for would-be thieves.”
TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR BICYCLE REMAINS SAFE AND SECURE:
Bicycles are a popular target for thieves. Here are some simple tips to ensure your cycle remains secure:
- Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.
- Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
- Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
- Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.
- Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.
- Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden.
- Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.
- Register your bicycle at www.immobilise.com