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Local cycling initiative donate bike locks to police

Dated: 29 Jun 2017 14:00 PM

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Police in Newcastle have been working with a local cycling initiative to prevent pedal cycle thefts in the city.

Officers from Northumbria Police's Crime Prevention team have been working with the sustainable energy company 'Go Smarter to Work' to offer advice to members of the public.

The company have also supplied 860 bike locks and 1,000 marking kits to the force's local neighbourhood policing teams in the city.

Some of those bike locks have been given to pupils at Heaton Manor School to keep bicycles secure and to encourage young people to cycle on their daily commutes.

Other locks were handed out at a bike marking event at the RVI this month which saw a total of 17 bicycles marked. Other events have taken place at Havens Point in South Shields.

Now police have thanked Go Smarter for working with local policing teams when donating the locks and marking kits so that they can help keep people's property safe.

PC Gary Wilson, from the Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We want to thank Go Smarter for the opportunity to be able to help local people keep their property safe.

"Pedal cycles are often easy targets for opportunist thieves and it is important that people keep them secure when leaving them in a public place.

"These bike locks will help people keep their bicycles safe and the marking kits allow us to mark bicycles so that we can identify the owners of those bicycles we recover from thieves r that get abandoned.

"It is fantastic that local businesses are getting on board with police to help keep local people, and local shool children, safe. We hope we can continue to work with companies like Go Smarter in the future."

Heaton Manor School have installed the bike locks on racks outside of the building and pupils request a key from reception before locking their bikes up for the day.

Police and Go smarter hope the scheme encourages children to keep fit and to keep their property safe.

Amanda Straker, the schools business manager, said: "We are very pleased to be working with police to keep the students property safe and to encourage them to keep fit.

"This will also prevent a build up of traffic at school drop off and pick up times whilst promoting wellbeing, responsibly and security. It also means students know their bikes are safe whilst in class."

Go Smarter encourages people across the North East region to explore and use sustainable modes of transport – including walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing – when travelling to work and school in a bid to make their journeys greener, cheaper and healthier.

To find out more about the company visit their website - http://gosmarter.co.uk/