Learn how to protect your bike at free events

Learn how to keep your bike safe and secure at free drop-in events in Chichester.

Representatives from West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council and Sussex Police will be on hand to offer advice and free bike marking.

This involves sticking a unique identity number on the bike which makes it easier to reunite with its owner if stolen.

Other advice includes always using a good quality D lock or combination lock and parking your bike in a well-lit public area where there is CCTV.

The events are taking place on:

Thursday 16th August:
• 8am – 9.30am – The Cross, City Centre
• 10am – 11am – Westgate Leisure Centre

Tuesday 11th September:
• 8am – 9am – Chichester Train Station
• 9.15am – 10.30am – Chichester College

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “With all the wonderful weather we’ve been having, there couldn’t be a better time to get outside and start cycling.

“But if you do take your bike out and about, it’s really important to make sure it stays secure and safe.

“So I would encourage all cyclists to come along to one of these fantastic free events and learn the best ways to look after your bike.”

Inspector Danny West of Sussex Police said: “Property marking is essential to ensure that the police are able to identify property when it is located and seized during, for example, the arrest of suspects or searches of addresses.

“Without marking it can be extremely to prove who is the legitimate owner of property and unfortunately this can lead to items being returned to those whom we suspect are involved in crime.

“Property marking undoubtedly deters crime and gives the police the best opportunity to identify and return items and deal robustly with criminals.”

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council, says: “Making sure your bike is security marked is extremely important because it means that if it is taken, there is a much better chance of you being reunited with it.

“I urge everyone to bring their bikes along to these free events so they can feel safer and more secure while cycling this summer.”

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