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keep your cycles safe.


12:00am 22nd January 2011

York police are offering cyclists the chance to have their bikes security marked as part of the successful cycle theft initiative, Operation Spoke.

Cyclists will be able to take their bikes along to St Mark's Church in Manor Close, Rawcliffe on the following Saturdays between 10am and 12pm on the following dates:  

22 January
9 February
19 March.

The simple process involves marking a bicycle with an ultra-violet pen which contains a unique code. The details are then entered onto a police database and lost or stolen bikes can be quickly reunited with their owners.

PCSO Chris Turner who is organising the event said:

"Every cyclist who hasn't already had their bike marked is welcome. Many people will have received new cycles as Christmas presents and we urge them to take basic cycle security precautions.

"This is one way of deterring thieves, it only takes a couple of minutes and it could mean you having a stolen cycle, potentially worth several hundred pounds, returned to you quickly."

Operation Spoke was launched in January 2010 and so far has more than 8,000 cycles registered.

For further details please contact PCSO Chris Turner or PCSO Dave Ellison on 0845 60 60 247 or email SNTYork@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Crime prevention tips

"    Ideally, use two secure-rated locks for maximum security
"    Lock both wheels and the frame
"    Always lock the frame to a solid object such as a bike stand
"    Two types of lock are harder to break
"    Remove all your bike accessories every time you leave it                unattended
"    Make a note of all serial numbers
"    Take a photograph of your bike
"    Always leave your bike in a highly visible location
"    Don't ever leave your cycle insecure

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