University of Worcester PCSOs offer free advice and kit on how to keep your bike safe
Offering you the latest sustainable travelling tips, our PCSOs and helped students by marking their bikes for free to increase security, making sure you get your cycle back in case it’s stolen.
This might come as a surprise, but in the UK, a bicycle is stolen on average every single minute! Less than 5% are returned and that’s due to the difficulty the Police face in identifying the rightful owner. So you can see how crucial it is to have a system that links you directly to your bike.
If you’re using bicycles from the Woo Bikes Scheme, then you don’t need to worry! All of them are already secure and marked with the University’s SMART water. You might wonder where that is, but here comes the trick: you don’t actual see it.
PCSO Alun Jones explained how this actually works.
“We use a system called Retaina Guard. It’s an unique product that registers your cycling details against a database, by using a smart number that uniquely identifies your cycle.
With the use of tamper proof labels, the stencil within the label is covered by smart water. The label goes over the frame and nobody will be able to see it, unless it’s under a certain light.
In essence, if a cycle is lost or stolen and recovered by the police, you’ll be able to get it back. This increases the number of returned bikes and happy cyclists,” said Mr Jones.
If you want to have your bike marked but didn’t get a chance to come by St John’s Main Reception on the day, there’s no need to worry. For more information on how to keep your bike safe and when you could get it marked for free, you can contact Alun Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.