With a lot of us getting new bicycles for Christmas West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership (WLCSP) is advising residents they can take steps to keep their bikes safe.
The Partnership is calling on all cyclist – not just the owners of new bikes – to have their bikes property marked free of charge. WLCSP has funded the purchase of hundreds of crime prevention Alpha Dot kits in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Alpha dots can be read by a special magnifying reader held by the police and can be traced through a database back to the registered keeper of the property they are attached to. This evidence is used regularly in convictions.
These dots can be painted onto a bike with a small brush, and once applied they last a lifetime, and the kit includes high-visibility stickers which can act as a deterrent to potential thieves.
Police in West Lancashire have initially arranged the following dates and times when cyclists can come along and have these special security dots put onto their bikes:
More dates will be arranged for Skelmersdale Police Station. Please see the ‘Ormskirk and Burscough Police Facebook page (external link) and Skelmersdale Police facebook page (external link) for updates on Alpha Dot sessions and any additional dates.
Dave Tilleray, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership chairman, said: “I am delighted that WLCSP has been able to work with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to fund the distribution of some of these Alpha Dot Kits. This type of partnership working between agencies provides really good value for money. I would urge cyclists to come to Ormskirk Police Station on the above dates and times and have the kits applied to their bikes.”
Councillor Kevin Wright, West Lancashire Borough Council Portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “I am sure there are many proud owners of new bicycles in West Lancashire after Christmas, but all cyclists are welcome to take advantage of this offer. Cyclists who take this important security step now can protect their bikes from thieves so they have many happy years in the saddle.”
West Lancashire Police Inspector June Chessell said: “The police are very happy to support the delivery of the Alpha Dot scheme and we also encourage local cyclists to take additional steps to make sure their bikes are secure when they are not being ridden.”
For more information on the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership please visit West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership.