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Bike coding scheme makes cycle thieves' task harder

The Barnet Press, 4 August 2011

More than thirty bikes were added to the police database at a bike coding event at Beaufort Park on Friday 15 July. Held in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Cycle Task Force, the Consort Property Management team at Beaufort Park turned the development’s management suite into a temporary bike workshop for the evening.

Residents brought their bikes to the suite between 5-9pm and got them coded and registered for free. Once entered into the police bicycle database, stolen bikes can be traced and identified by their unique code.
The scheme was initiated by Consort Property Management and Colindale Safer Neighbourhoods Team after bikes were targeted at the development and staff members caught a thief red-handed.
The free service was advertised through posters and letters to residents.
Mike Dowland, Head of Consort Property Management, said: “We take security issues at all our developments very seriously, and that includes residents’ bikes. By having their bikes coded and registered, residents will have peace of mind even when they are outside the development.”