Security Mark your bicycle free of charge

Friday July 24th 2015

Police Scotland

Police Scotland are offering cyclists across Midlothian the opportunity to security mark their bicycles free of charge.

The scheme is being led by Sergeant Michele Lindsay of the Community Policing Team based in Penicuik and is designed to help victims of crime recover their stolen property.

On Saturday, August 1, Sgt Lindsay will attend the Bilston Pavilion between 9am and 12 noon and then the Roslin Pavilion at 12:15pm until 3:15pm. On Saturday, August 8, she will be at Halford’s at the Straiton Retail Park Loanhead between 9am and 4pm.

Sergeant Lindsay, explains: “Many criminals choose to steal bikes because they see them as soft targets, however there are steps that people can take in order to protect their valuables such as having their bicycles marked.

“It only takes a couple of minutes for the security code to be applied, following which, the owner is required to register the bicycle on line at which is a free National Property Register, detailing a full description of the bicycle and security code.

“Housebreakings and thefts are among the most intrusive offences we deal with in Midlothian and it can often have a devastating impact upon the victims. Security marking bicycles can be a very effective way of reuniting victims of crime with their stolen property.”

Sergeant Lindsay will also offer crime prevention advice and can arrange a Crime Prevention Survey if required.

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