Police organise extra patrols in response to Wisbech bike thefts

Horsefair shopping centre manager Kevin Smith

Horsefair shopping centre manager Kevin Smith - Credit: Archant

Police have organised extra patrols and cycle coding events to tackle a surge in bike thefts in Wisbech.

The town centre policing team has arranged the event in partnership with the Horsefair shopping centre.

Cyclists are encouraged to turn up with their bikes and proof of ID at the shopping centre on Monday October 28 from 10am-2pm or Friday November 8 from 2.30-4.30pm.

Cycle coding involves stamping into the metal of the bike, near the bottom bracket, your postcode and possibly your street number, making it close to unique as a cycle ID.

Marking and labelling a bike in this way acts as a deterrent to criminals and may help the police track it down if it’s stolen.

Unless a bike is well-identified, a thief may escape prosecution because there is no proof of theft.