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Marking event to help stop bike thefts.

CYCLISTS can take advantage of a free security session.

Officers from Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team have joined forces with Steel Cycles, in Gosforth, to host a bike marking event on August 15 from 10am to 4pm.

Officers are encouraging people to bring along new and old bikes in a continued effort to keep thieves at bay.

Police will be security marking bikes, urging cyclists to get signed up with the free property registering website www.immobilise.com and offering crime prevention advice to residents.

Immobilise is the world's largest register of property where members of the public can register their valuables - anything such as mobile phones, bikes, tools, electricals and gardening equipment. It's free to register and takes just a few minutes to sign up, and means if property is stolen and later recovered, it can be returned to the rightful owner.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Patten said: "We've joined forces with Steel Cycles to offer security marking to cyclists.

"Previous events at Steel Cycles, have proven extremely popular and I'd urge people to come along. We're keen to promote the Immobilise website and ensure cyclists have crime prevention advice to help keep their bikes safe.

"It's vital that people secure their bikes - ensuring they use a good quality lock - preferably a D-lock - or combination of locks and attach their bike to an immovable object.

"Unfortunately, opportunist thieves do operate and while we continue to do all we can to tackle those involved in such crimes, by taking a few security steps cyclists can reduce their risk of becoming a victim."

For further crime prevention advice visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity

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