A campaign to tackle the increase in bicycle thefts in Grantham is being launched in the town.
As part of an ongoing initiative to encourage people to lock their cycles Lincolnshire Police is continuing with its #LockYourBike campaign which starts in Grantham on Monday (October 5).
The project was launched in Lincoln in June because thefts of bikes traditionally increase over the summer months. It is now taking place in Grantham because of a recent spate of cycle thefts.
Lincolnshire Police’s Crime Reduction Tactical Advisors Alex Parkin and Sally Picker spent six weeks from the launch of the initiative raising awareness around cycle crime by attaching bands to bikes in Lincoln city centre and chatting to cyclists about safety and security.
Sally said: “The initiative in Lincoln was a real success and we spent a great deal of time talking to people about the project and cycle security. Hopefully, that will have helped reduce some of the numbers of thefts.
“On Monday (October 5) we are now launching this in Grantham because cycle theft is also a problem in that part of our county. We hope that over the six weeks we are able to help cyclists become more aware about safety and security of their bikes and reduce the numbers of any potential victims of crime.”
Included on the paper bands that are attached to the bikes as part of the initiative are details of how to enter a free prize draw to win £100 worth of Halfords vouchers. One safety-conscious cyclist whose bike was paper-banded as part of the Lincoln initiative was last month presented with those vouchers. Another will be drawn from the Grantham initiative and announced on December 1.
Police are asking cyclists to look out for local advisors and ask them about safety and security.
For more bike security information visit www.lincs.police.uk
To enter the prize draw visit Bicycle-Security