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Bike owners urged to avail of new tagging scheme

08 February 2017

Local cyclists took the opportunity to take part in a highly successful Bike Registration Scheme at Derry City and Strabane District Council Offices this week, organized by Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and supported by the PSNI and bike charity Sustrans.

A number of similar events will now be delivered across the council area as Michele Murphy from Sustrans explained: “As part of the NW Leading the Way Active Travel Programme, Sustrans supported Derry and Strabane PCSP and PSNI to deliver a bike tagging event at Council Offices, Strand Road.

“A total of 35 bikes were tagged at this event and we are working with our partners to deliver future bike tagging events across the council area. Sustrans would like to thank the PCSP and PSNI for their support in organizing the highly successful event and we look forward to working with our partners over the coming months.”

PSNI Crime Prevention Officer Mandy Monteith said: “We would encourage all bike owners throughout the city and district to have their bicycle registered free of charge. While we are working to reduce the number of cycle thefts, having your bike registered means there could be a greater chance of getting it back if it does end up stolen.”

Welcoming the scheme Chair of the Derry and Strabane PCSP, Councillor Gus Hastings, said: “I would encourage as many people as possible to avail of this scheme. Coming into the better weather people will be using their bikes more and this is a way to secure the return of your bike if it is ever stolen.

“Bikes are an expensive and precious commodity so every effort should be made to protect these items.”