Derby City Council and Police officers from the Alvaston and Boulton Safer Neighbourhood Teams are offering free bike marking to local residents and school pupils.

The offer is being made at an event being held at Noel Baker School, Bracknell Drive, Alvaston, Derby this Friday 24th March. The team will be at the school between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Pupils of the school and residents of the area have the opportunity to have their cycles marked and registered for free.

The offer is part of the Cycle Secure Derby initiative, a partnership between Derby City Council and Derbyshire police to tackle cycle crime in the city.

The kit, which would normally cost £12, works by marking the bike with a unique code, which is linked to the owner’s details on a secure database.

If their cycle is stolen and subsequently found, we can use this code to ensure the bike is returned back to its rightful owner.

Craig Keen, Community Safety and Public Protection Manager at Derby City Council, said:

Most cycles are of significant value.  Without adequate locks bikes can be stolen in seconds.  I’d encourage owners to take all possible steps to reduce the likelihood of being a victim of cycle theft which includes getting your biked marked free at this event.  Getting your cycle marked and registered is the best way get your bike back if stolen and hold the thief accountable.

PCSO Tom Langley from the team said:

Bike marking is important, as it acts as a deterrent to would-be thieves. It also makes it easier for the bike to be found, returned to its rightful owner and helps to secure a successful prosecution against thieves. I would therefore encourage pupils or indeed anyone with or who uses a cycle in the city to come along to the event.

Anyone attending to have their cycle marked should bring with them some form of identification.

For further information contact the Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of the website.

You can also follow the teams activities on Twitter on @AlvastonSNT and @BoultonSNT