Cycle owners are being urged to protect them by visiting one of a series of bike surgeries being held over the next two months.
Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership has invested almost £1500 in secure marking kits – which when used make the bikes traceable if stolen.
Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been supplied with 500 kits to use at bike surgeries. Officers will etch identification on to bikes and posted the details to a secure online database which police forces across the country have secure access to.
“People spend a lot of money on buying a bike and many parents will have made that investment this Christmas,” said Inspector Neil Northend, North Yorkshire Police.
“Bikes are easy targets for thieves, especially if they are not securely stored or left unlocked even for a short time. Our bike surgeries will give local residents the chance to get their new bike marked and registered on the national database.
“Security marking offers peace of mind that if your bike is stolen and we recover it as part of our operations, we will be able to hand it back to you.”
Surgeries will take place in:
Easingwold Market Place: Saturday January 26 - Mobile Police Office, 10am – 1.30pm
Thirsk Market Place: Sunday January 27 - Mobile Police Office, 10am - 1.30pm
Great Ayton Discovery Centre: Saturday February 2, 10am – 2pm
Scotton Village Hall: Saturday February 2, 10am – 2pm
Stokesley Town Hall: Saturday February 9, 10am – 2pm
Officers will also be giving advice and guidance on cycle safety.