THE wheels have been put in motion on an initiative to tackle bike crime in Overleigh.

A bike marking event was held at Overleigh St Mary’s C of E Primary School following the theft of a number of bikes at the school and round the Handbridge area.

PCSO Jenna Smith attended and electronically tagged the bikes using a system called Immobi Tag, with the help from PCSO Rachael Mckevitt and PCSO Christopher Fox.

As part of the scheme, the details of the children’s and parents bikes have now been captured on a ‘bike passport’ so in the event the bike is stolen, the details of the bike are on hand to assist in the accurate report of the bike details to the police – improving the chance of the bike being recovered.

PCSO Smith also gave crime prevention advice to the children and parents to assist in preventing their bikes being stolen and becoming a victim of crime.

The event was a success with 80 bikes from the Overleigh area being tagged and added to the national property database.

Each child received a goody bag full of cycling equipment to help them stay safe on their bikes. The Edge Cycleworks attended and gave all the bikes a safety check.