I received an email from PCSO Mark Peacock from Bishop Auckland Neighbourhood Policing Team:
"Please see the information below about Operation Spoke. If you have bought a bike for a family member for Christmas or would like your current bike security marked, then there is a Bike marking event at Bishop Auckland Police office on Monday 30th December 2013 from 9.15am-1.00pm. Please pass this on to your family and friends."
Operation Spoke is a Durham Constabulary led operation working with other partner agencies to significantly reduce cycle crime by uniquely marking and registering cycles in County Durham and Darlington. Success of other property marking schemes at reducing the overall levels of acquisitive crime is well documented and now we are expanding this concept to cycles.
The benefits of marking and registering cycles is that they can easily be identified by Police should they ever be stolen or go missing. Easy identification means that cycles can be quickly reunited with their rightful owners and thieves can be quickly arrested and brought to justice. Property marking also deters would be thieves in the first place by increasing their chances of being arrested and by making the cycle harder to sell on.
You can have your bicycle marked at one of your local cycle retailers participating in the scheme, or at any other location displaying an Operation Spoke cycle marking poster (such as your local Police Office). There will also be a number of registration events organised by your Safer Neighbourhood teams.
You have the choice of a bespoke 'BikeRegister' component marking kit for £9.90 or FREE bike marking system. Both allow quick identification of a bike and its owner and are proven to reduce cycle crime.
Durham Constabulary has linked with BikeRegister to provide a bespoke marking kit for your bike at a substantially reduced cost to you. This kit would normally retail at over £20 but is available via Operation Spoke at cost for £9.90 with all money going back into tackling cycle crime.
The 'BikeRegister' component kit includes:
- 4 Permanent Stencil Etching marks (which are only visible in UV light)
- Unique microdots (for marking components and equipment on your bike)
- QR Code label
- Tamper resistant 'BikeRegister' warning label
This marking system is almost impossible to remove from the bike without causing damage or leaving a trace.
By choosing the 'BikeRegister' product you will be protecting your bike and valuable component parts with four types of unique property marking. This will give the police four times the opportunity to identify and recover the cycle. You will also have the benefit of your cycle being registered with 'BikeRegister' and Immobilise.
This product is strongly recommended for moderate to high value cycles.
The Free Marking Kit:
This involves marking your cycle and components with a unique number via a permanent UV Pen (which is only visible in UV light). You will also be provided a tamper resistant 'Immobilise' warning label. Your cycle will be registered with Immobilise.
This product is recommended for lower value cycles.
Your bike will be given a unique identification number that will link your personal details and cycle details with the national property register database Immobilise (www.immobilise.com). This means that should your cycle leave the local area it can be quickly identified by officers from other police forces. It will also give you the opportunity to register other valuable items such as computers, mobile phones etc. using the free IMMOBILISE service. The marking of your cycle will take less than two minutes and you will not need to do anything else. Your details will not be used for any other purpose other than the prevention and detection of crime.