Thanet PCSOs help protect young cyclists against theft
Young cyclists from a Margate school have been learning how to keep their bicycles safe from thieves, thanks to Kent Police Community Support Officers.
PCSOs James Scott and Eileen Shrubsole, along with Youth Engagement Officer PCSO Nathan Prentice, paid a visit to Holy Trinity and St John’s CEP School during the afternoon of Wednesday 13 March 2019.
As the last school bell rang for the day, the officers were on hand at the gates to give out bike-marking kits and crime prevention advice to pupils and their families.
PCSO Scott said: ‘We had been made aware by the school that some parents had concerns about safety and wanted advice from Kent Police on how to protect their cycles from any potential thieves, so we were happy to go along and speak to them and their children.
‘We helped to security mark and register about 30 bicycles during that afternoon, and we hope to do it again soon.’
PCSO Scott also said there were simple actions all bicycle owners could do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
‘It’s important to take steps to protect your bicycle against crime, such as keeping a record of your bike’s serial number, taking photographs of the bike, and registering it online on immobilise.com or bikeregister.com so we can return it to you if it’s found.
‘Store your bicycle securely and remove any accessories which could be stolen without using tools.
‘And remember, if you are offered the chance to buy a bike and the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.’
- Pictured: PCSOs James Scott and Eileen Shrubsole offer security advice to cycling youngsters and their family.