BICYCLES and mobile phones belonging to pupils of a Grantham school have been security marked by police to combat a growing problem of thefts.
The Grantham town centre policing team visited King’s School to both mark property and educate students on the importance of keeping their things safe.
And that education came not a moment too soon, as the policing team was faced with unlocked bikes and abandoned bags upon arrival.
Pc Simon Wright said: “Unfortunately, with the location of the King’s School theft is quite common, and we noticed that when we were doing the bike marking, there were a lot of bikes that were unlocked and could easily have been accessed and ridden away.
“Too many bags are also left lying around the school and these are an easy target for any opportunist.
“I have also asked the school to remind pupils about bringing their phones to school and to make sure that they keep them in a secure place.”
Bikes were marked with the owner’s postcode, written on in a paint pen. Mobile phones were marked with UV pens on the inside of the phone and battery, and a sticker placed on the back to let a would-be thief know it is marked.
Pc Wright said: “Any phone found would be looked at with a UV light to see if it was marked.
“I would suggest that if a bike or phone is marked, then it is less likely to be stolen, and I’m hoping that it will prove successful.”