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Cycle Retailers To Benefit From Free BikeChecker Service & New Code of Practice

LONDON, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --



CYCLE shops are at constant risk of handling stolen goods, but a free service from BikeRegister, the UK's National Cycle Database, could quickly help them verify that they are buying bikes from a genuine source.

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More than half of all bike thefts take place from an owner's property and bike thieves are becoming increasingly more organised. The ease with which a stolen bike can be sold continues to encourage the theft of bikes.

However, retailers and members of the public can now use the BikeChecker facility on the BikeRegister website (https://www.bikeregister.com/bike-checker) to check the origin of second-hand bikes being offered to them for sale.

The use of the BikeChecker facility is also recommended in BikeRegister's new CodeofPractice for the Purchase and Saleof Second-hand bikes.

The BikeRegister Code of Practice has been developed in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service's Cycle Task Force and other police partners who are looking at ways to expand the very successful   Project Cycle Ops launched just over a year ago by Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor which delivered a reduction of cycle crime in London of over 10% in its first year.

Chief Sup. Sultan Taylor Comment 

"We want retailers and buyers of second hand bikes to be assured that they have taken part in a legitimate sale and that the bikes are not stolen.


"I urge all second hand Cycle Retailers to ensure that they check bikes with BikeRegister before purchase to verify legitimacy of sales. Should they discover that the bikes are stolen they should report it immediately to police.

"To help ensure we disrupt the trade of stolen cycles I cannot recommend strongly enough that all bicycle owners security mark their bikes with BikeRegister.

BikeRegister is used by every UK Police force to help them reunite some of the thousands of lost or stolen bikes they recover every year to their legal owners. The system is also designed to prevent bike theft in the first instance as the visible etching deters thieves.

The new Code of Practice (CoP) aims to help control the trade in second-hand cycles and to make it more difficult for criminals to dispose of stolen property through the retail network.

The CoP has been prepared on behalf of the Police Service, enforcement partners and local businesses that deal in the purchase/sale of second-hand bikes offered for resale. It is intended for use as the basis of standard operating procedures for all businesses that purchase or sell second-hand bikes. Four police forces have already signed up to the new code, with many others showing increasing interest.

The CoP outlines minimum criteria necessary for the identification, purchase and sale of second-hand bikes and supplies information on what actions are necessary when a cycle is identified as not being in the possession of its rightful/lawful owner.

Announcing the publication of the new Code, BikeRegister MD Andrew Knights, said: "Our new CoP is intended to be a voluntary guide for companies who operate in this area."

He continued: "If all bike shops insisted on an ownership check on BikeChecker before purchasing a second-hand bike and recording details of all second-hand bikes on BikeRegister, it would be a significant step forward in the fight against bike crime.

"It would also protect the retailer from handling stolen goods and generate goodwill towards the retailer from the cycling community."

Constantly looking for new ideas to fight bike crime, BikeRegister is also developing a new Traffic Light System to allow the provenance of second-hand bikes being offered for sale to be checked on web-based auction sites.

Notes to Editors 

The Code of Practice for the Purchase and Saleof Second-hand bikes is available from BikeRegister's Sales Team on 0800 587 4739 or by e-mail: support@bikeregister.com

BikeRegister is the preferred bike marking product and registration system for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS); and has helped reduce bike theft by 10.5% in London between October 2012 and September 2013.

BikeRegister is operated by Selectamark Security Systems plc, a market leader in the security field, specialising in the security marking and identification of property.

For more press information and images, contact: Angela Singleton, BikeRegister Press Officer. 0800-587-4739. Email: sales@selectamark.co.uk

Follow @BikeRegister on Twitter.


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