CRIMEFIGHTERS hope to have a handle on thieves as they launch a crackdown on bike thefts.
Operation Spoke has been set up across County Durham and will see police work alongside retailers, BikeRegister and Immobilise.com to introduce a bicycle marking scheme to property mark and register bikes.
They aim to ensure every cycle sold will be marked and registered to their new owner.
People who already have bikes can also attend a store, police stations and other marking events to have their bikes marked and registered.
It is also offering riders access to the BikeRegister kit which includes four permanent stencil etching marks, unique microdots, a QR code label and a tamper-resistant warning label.
It will make it difficult to remove the identity of a cycle and can be purchased at a reduced cost.
Crime Prevention Officer Pc David Williamson said: “This really is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to protect their bicycle, a simple yet highly effective method of preventing a bicycle from being taken and it takes only a few minutes.”
There will also be a free marking and registration product for those not wishing to pay for the BikeRegister kit.
People are asked to contact their neighbourhood policing team, police station or cycle retailer for further information about the scheme.