Police to host bike awareness day in Town Centre

Communities / Tue 1st Aug 2017 at 12:09pm

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OFFICERS from our Harlow Community Policing Team will be joining forces with Essex County Council for a special cycle safety event on Saturday, August 5.

The event will take place from 11am to 3pm outside McDonalds and Primark on the Broad Walk in Harlow town centre.

PCSO Laura Cartwright, Pc Paul Harrison and the Bikeability team from Essex County Council will be on hand to raise awareness about bike safety and distributing free cycle safety packs to help people secure their bikes against theft.

The packs, which have been funded using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), contain a range of cycle safety accessories including a bike chain, seat cover, security covers and ultra violet pen.

The event aims to raise awareness of bike safety following an incident in February that left an 83-year-old woman with two broken ankles after being struck by a bicycle in Harlow town centre.

PCSO Cartwright, who has arranged the event, said: “Whether it’s for work, school or pleasure, cycling has many benefits. Over the last six months we have seen a steady increase in people using bicycles to get out and about. Unfortunately this has also provided increased opportunities for thieves to target cyclists.

“Many bikes have had their bike chains cut, some have been stolen after being left unattended, others have been taken from gardens and more serious crimes have occurred involving the bicycle being taken from the owner by force.

“Essex Police is committed to reducing bike theft but we can only do so with your help and vigilance. I urge cyclists to make sure their bikes are locked and ensure they are security marked to reduce the chances of it being stolen.”

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1 Comment for Police to host bike awareness day in Town Centre:

2017-08-03 19:43:20

Can't understand why you used a photograph of a motorcyclist - especially one riding illegally - when the event being publicised is about pedal cycles, and security thereof!

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