A new bike marking scheme set up in Bury hopes to slow down the growing number of thefts in the area.
The initiative aims to provide cyclists with an understanding of how to properly lock their bikes, while also giving them hope if the worst should happen.
Working in conjunction with Bury Police, the scheme has been set up by the Bike Register to create a nationwide network of registered bikes.
When registered, your bike is etched with a unique set of numbers and letters that correspond to your details as well as the make and model of your bike.
Police community support officer Claire Diack told MM: “It’s a lettering system that uses a code that is placed on the bike with the color of the code depending on the colour of the bike.
“The code contains the information of the person, their address, a password and the details of the bike are then passed over to the bike register.”
Although the bike mark provides no more protection from theft, it does give cycle owners piece of mind that they could be reunited with their bike if it is stolen.
“If they are the victim of crime, and the bike is found, then we will look for the bike mark,” PCSO Diack added.
“And if it has a mark, then we can access the register, find out who it belongs to and repatriate it with its rightful owner.”
With a recent spate of bike thefts in the area, PCSO Diack also emphasized the importance of properly locking your bike.
She said: “Its fine to buy a nice bike, but it’s your responsibility to look after it that means buying a proper lock, and making sure that you use it.
“And when you leave your bike, make sure that it is in an area that is over-looked, the onus is on the owner.”
The next bike marking event will take place at the Bury Interchange on October 10 between 3pm and 7pm.
Alternatively if you can’t make it to Bury Interchange then you can personally register your bike at www.bikeregister.com.