Hi-tech marking aims to cut crime

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CYCLISTS are being urged to mark up their two-wheeled machines in an effort to deter cycle thieves.

As part of the initiative Operation Velo, officers from Sussex Police will be marking bicycles free of charge this month in a bid to combat thefts.

The hi-tech scheme uses a new way of marking and registering bikes.

Each bicycle is marked using an anti-tamper label and the owner’s details are then registered on a national database.

This allows police to check if a bicycle is stolen or in the wrong hands within minutes of stopping the rider.

Marking events will take place at the following times:

n June 13 from 11am-2pm in the Regis Centre

n June 20 from 11am-midday in the Arun Leisure Centre

n June 23 from 11am- 3pm in the High Street.

You must take your email address and ID along to be able to take advantage of the sessions.

Officers will also be there to offer crime prevention advice.

The project was launched throughout the county at the beginning of the year to try to cut the cycle thefts.

An initial event held in Bognor back in January saw some 163 cycles marked over just four days.