STOLEN BIKE RETURNED USING BIKE MARKING SCHEME
On Thursday 5th April 2012 Kew Safer Neighbourhood officers found an abandoned bike at Kew Retail Park TW9. Officers carried out checks on the frame and realised it had been a bike that had been property marked by police. They checked the bike marking database to find it had been actually security marked by Richmond SNT police officers. Through the database they found the owners details and restored the bike to him. It had been stolen but not reported to police at the time of finding.
PCSO Lorraine Childs of Kew SNT stated “This is an excellent example of why it is so important to get your bike security marked by police. But for it being marked we would never have been able to trace its owner and return it. When we stop individuals on bikes we always check to see if the bike has either been reported stolen or if the bike has been security marked by police. Sometimes it takes a while for the owners to realise their bike has been taken and so at times checking the bike is security marked is the only way for police to carry out checks there and then on the street and hopefully arrest the thieves and return the bikes to their rightful owners. If you want your bike marked please just contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Contact details of your local team can be found on www.met.police.uk