Lincoln police offer discounted bike security tags

Hugely discounted bike security tags or Immobitags are now available for purchase from the Town Enquiry Office at Lincoln Police Station on West Parade.

Immobitags, which usually retail at around £15, will be available to purchase for £4.50 in a push to reduce cycle theft in the city.

The tags give bikes an electronic identity that the police can use to return them to their owners when they are recovered.

The city’s Cycle Crime Officer, PC Matt Roberts, said: “Nationally the trend of cycle theft is rising dramatically and we are seeing an increase in the problem here, particularly in Lincoln itself.

“It is thought the increase is due to poor security used to secure bikes, both on the street and at home, along with the ease with which criminals can sell bikes on if there is no record of their owners.

“We are seeing an increase in thefts on the street, even in busy areas.

“Thieves can easily cut through cable locks and police are recommending that cyclists invest in good quality D-locks that are available from around £15.

“Sheds and garages are also being targeted overnight in all areas of the city and high value cycles are being taken.

“Bikes need to be locked securely to fixtures within sheds and garages to prevent thefts and an internal alarm is highly recommended.

“These are available from DIY shops and are reasonably cheap.”

For more information or advice on bike crime prevention, visit the Lincolnshire Police Bicycle Crime page.