Bike coding bid to beat £143K cycle theft rate

Coun John Jones

Coun John Jones

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The battle to beat bike thieves in Blackpool continues with another cycle coding event.

Operation Impression was launched last month after more than 500 bicycles, with an approximate value of £143,000, were stolen between November 2013 and November 2014.

We’re delighted with the response to the bike coding events so far

Coun John Jones

So far, four bike coding events have taken place and more than 100 bikes have been coded.

The next event is on Saturday, 11am-2pm at Claremont Community Police Office.

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re delighted with the response to the bike coding events so far.

“Bike coding is an effective way to help protect yourself and make the police’ job of recovering stolen bikes much easier if the worst did happen. We’ll be holding more events and I would urge people to come along and take advantage of this free service.”