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Tag your bike free in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 07:51 21 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:41 01 July 2010

Matthew Sparkes

Cyclists in Norwich are being urged to get their bikes tagged to make it easier for police to track them down if they are stolen.

Matthew Sparkes

Cyclists in Norwich are being urged to get their bikes tagged to make it easier for police to track them down if they are stolen.

Bikes can be registered on a special website for free which helps by storing a record of items that can be passed to police if they go missing.

Images of the bike can also be uploaded, and the site can be accessed directly by officers.

Over 30 bicycles have been stolen so far this year in the University and Eaton area alone.

Police said that the local Safer Neighbourhood Team is working hard to crack down on the problem.

Police claim that one local cyclist has been re-united with their cycle after three men were arrested for attempting to steal it.

The cyclist had an immobiliser tag and had registered their bike on the website.

The men have been bailed and a witness parade will be held next month.

PCSO Hannah Alexander, who works in the area, said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this particular incident and this proves if you take advantage of the scheme and use the Immobilise Property Registration Service which is free, you are more likely to get your bike back if something happens to it or it is stolen.

“Police do recover property but because of the limited description of lost or stolen property it is difficult to match it to a previous owner making it harder to prove an offence.

To register a bike visit www.immobilise.com

For further information call the University and Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 456 4567 or email University&Eaton@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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