Painted bike police scheme in Portsmouth

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A BRIGHT new approach is being taken to tackle bike thefts.

Portsmouth Central Neighbourhood Policing team have put to use some unclaimed bikes to encourage cyclist to lock their bikes up securely – ideally with a D-Lock.

The bikes are spray-painted bright colours and placed around the city – particularly where there are increased reports of bike thefts. The bright bikes have a sign with a reminder about cycle security.

Sergeant Rob Sutton said: ‘The intention is to raise awareness of cycle theft problems and to encourage people to secure their property better, ideally with D-Locks.

‘We then supplement the project with leaflets, as well as selling D-Locks from Portsmouth Central police station, Gunwharf Quays and the Student Union Shop.’