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On Your Marks For Cycle Security

Introduction

Help to safeguard your bicycle by freewheeling in to Chichester for cycle marking sessions. Security conscious pedal-pushers should go to the Market Cross on 24 February from 12pm - 2pm to have a free unique registration number stenciled onto their cycle frame. Chichester District Council has set up the event, to permanently mark bikes and register them on a security database. This is the latest fightback against an increase in cycle thefts over the past two years.



The Chichester District Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership bought 1,000 cycle marking kits in 2008 to highlight security issues and act as a deterrent to thieves. The Partnership also promotes cycle safety and have since purchased another 500 kits, as the scheme grows in popularity.

Councillor Derek James, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety at Chichester District Council, says: "Those people who are choosing to use their cycles remain concerned about the growing possibility of theft. This marking and registration system offers them the chance to increase security, for what can be very expensive pieces of equipment. I see this as an innovative response to a very serious issue, and an opportunity to take positive action."

All types of bicycle will be welcome at the session, including any trikes, unicycles, tandems, and vintage two-wheelers!