Lambeth Police launch scheme to reunite owners with their lost or stolen bikes


They hope the event will increase bike security


By Chidi Ogundu

Police in Lambeth have launched a ‘Reunite with Your Bike’ open day to return lost or stolen bikes to their rightful owners.

Officers have also used the MPS Flickr page, to upload images of the bike in a hope that owners can identify their bike.

PC Alex Watson, from Lambeth Gangs Intelligence, hopes the event will make the public more aware of simple bike security, such as using a strong lock.

He said: “By inviting the public to this open day, we hope to restore pedal cycles to their owners and link them to reported crimes and bring offenders to justice.”

Current bike owners can also get their bikes marked for free, in case it gets stolen or lost.

Once the bike is marked it is registered on the internet, making it easier for police to reunite the stolen bike with its rightful owner.

A police spokesperson from Kennington Police Station, advised bike owners to do this.

“Get it marked so if the bike is stolen in the future, they can have it returned.”

Officers understand that many people use their bikes as a main alternative to public transport.

One resident was visiting her mum, who lives in Clapham’s Bonneville Gardens, on Saturday November 2, when her bike was stolen from the entrance hall of a locked block of flats.

She said: “I use it to get to work, so really is very disruptive.”

Bike owners can go to Kennington Police Station on Friday November 8 12pm- 4pm and Saturday November 9 9am- 3pm.

Proof of identification, purchase and a picture of yourself with the bike or manual will be required as proof of ownership.

Photo courtesy of davidfntau, with thanks.

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