The scheme, which will use BikeRegister bike marking kits to mark and register cycles belonging to the people of North Wales, is being launched at the Police HQ in Colwyn Bay by Flintshire Community Safety Officer PC Hazel Goss MBE.
PC Goss said: “We have had a particular problem with bike theft, especially the theft of expensive bikes worth more than £2,000 each. The bikes have been taken from all the usual places including sheds, garages and bike racks across all six counties of North Wales.”
She continued: “After the launch, we plan to split Bike Watch into three seperate regions so that it is easier to manage. I will oversee the Flintshire and Wrexham area; my colleague Ivan will manage the Denbighshire and Conway region; and Gwynedd and Anglesey will be looked after by another colleague, Norman.
“Between us we will hold marking events in our areas involving the local community, cycling enthusiasts, schools and any other bike owners who would like to get involved.”
PC Goss said she chose BikeRegister because she had heard of its success in reducing bike crime and assisting with owner recovery in other areas of the UK.
She added: “We are very much looking forward to introducing Bike Watch and putting the brakes on bike theft in this area. We are confident this new scheme is going to be great for us and great for North Wales.”
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