A Grantham cyclist who entered a free prize draw as part of a Lincolnshire Police initiative to encourage people to remember to lock their bikes, has been presented with £100 worth of Halfords vouchers.
Cycling enthusiast Sue Winters, from Gonerby Hill Foot, entered the prize draw after her bike was “banded” by the crime prevention team whilst secured outside of Asda supermarket. Mrs Winters cycles into Grantham at least three times a week and has been very careful about security after having a moped stolen some years ago.
She entered the prize draw and last week, at the London Road store in Grantham, was presented with £100 of Halfords vouchers to spend on cycling related products.
Lincolnshire Police’s crime reduction team have been raising awareness around cycle crime in the area by attaching the bands to bikes and chatting to cyclists about safety and security. Detailed on those bands was information on how to enter the free prize draw.
Crime reduction tactical advisor Sally Picker said: “The campaign ran in Lincoln during the summer and was really successful and we were keen to roll it over to Grantham as well because bike theft is an issue that can and does affect a number of areas in Lincolnshire, especially town and city centres.
“Like Mrs Winters, a lot of people are already very aware of how to keep their bikes secure but some people think simply propping a bike against a wall or lamppost while they pop into a shop is safe enough. A potential thief only needs those few minutes to steal a cycle and we can’t urge people strongly enough to just spend that extra little bit of time locking up their bikes. It makes all the difference.
“We’re very grateful to Halfords for their continued support and generosity with this campaign.”
After getting “banded” Mrs Winters visited the Lincolnshire Police website and read the information on how to lock your bike correctly before entering the free prize draw.
She said: “I’m really pleased to have the voucher to spend and am going to have a look at paniers and possibly even another lock for my bike. The information on the police website was really useful and my son, who lives in Portugal and is also a keen cyclist, has given me similar advice about securing my bike!”
San Patel, Halfords store manager, added: “Here at Halfords we’re really pleased to have been able to assist with this initiative in Grantham. It’s always sensible for cyclists to consider how they lock their bikes, particularly those with quick release wheels.