Get bicycle tagged for free in Portsmouth to help deter thieves

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WITH the recent rise in bike thefts in Portsmouth, workshops are being held so people can get their bicycle tagged for free.

Police Community Support Officers were at Bransbury Park, Eastney, yesterday to offer free bike tagging for cyclists.

The workshop comes after an increase in bike thefts in the past couple of months in Southsea and central Portsmouth.

People who wish to get their bikes tagged just have to fill out a form that will put their details on a database along with the tagging serial numbers.

Three tags are placed on the bike so it can be easily identified.

James Spofforth, PCSO for Eastney, said: ‘We are holding a number of workshops in the city so people can get their bike tagged for free to deter thieves and try to stop the increase in bike thefts.

‘But, if a bike is stolen, the tags will help us identify it and return it to the owner.

‘They are also useful to the police who can match found bikes with filed reports of a bike that has been taken.

‘So we are encouraging people to do it.’

Another two workshops are being held this month where other information on bike safety will be available.

The first is as Milton Park, on October 14, and the second is at Waverley Park, on October 29. Both run from 11am-3pm.