FREMANTLE Police have seized 60 bicycles as part of Operation SEGIN from an address in Beaconsfield, that are believed to be either stolen or unlawfully obtained.
The joint WA Police and Transperth campaign aimed to reduce bicycle theft in the Fremantle and Cockburn areas by encouraging people to D-lock their bikes.
Detective Sergeant Phil Gazzone said several bicycles seized hadn’t been marked, which made it difficult for police to identify the lawful owners.
“I would encourage owners to considering marking their bicycles with an identifying feature,” he said.
“If anyone has had their bike stolen report it to police.
“If you would like to view any of the seized bicycles to check if it’s yours please contact Fremantle police with proof of ownership.”
City of Cockburn security services and contract operations co-ordinator Amanda Symons said the operation had been a success and looked forward to working collaboratively with police in the future.
“We promoted the use of D-locks for two hours near Port Coogee Marina/Ngarkal Beach and had a high number of people stopping and asking questions,” she said.
“The City would be very interested in working with Fremantle Police again on such a project.”
DataDot Technology marketing manager Andrew Bakersaid cyclists were able to register their bikes with the National Recording Bicycle Register which was open to anyone and free.
“The National Bike Register was initiated by Police which provides standardised information and communication for law enforcement,” he said.
“Bikes are easy to steal.
“Often police can identify a suspicious character but are unable to prove the bike does not in fact belong to the thief.”
Public Transport Authority (PTA) bike safety officer Jim Krynen said because of the operation’s success they would look to roll it out across other suburbs.
Fremantle community safety team leader Christopher Scanlan said City’s focus would be to continue to hand out more D-locks to residents.
“Our overall aim is to reduce bike theft within the City by 50 per cent,” he said.
Always D-Lock It
Use a D-lock – cables and chains are easily cut;
Lock your bike correctly (both wheel and frame)
Lock you bike in well-lit, visible areas;
Take a photo of your bike and serial number;
Register ownership – consider the nationalbikeregister.com.au
If stolen report to Police on 131 444