Police crack down on bike thieves. credit: nottinghamshire.police.co.uk

Bike thieves are now more likely to be caught as a a second round of free GPS trackers are being offered to residents.

Due to an increase in funding for Newark and Sherwood District Council, they have been able to expand the scheme to better prevent bike thefts and ensure community safety.

The new high quality GPS cycle trackers, worth more than £100 each, have been purchased following extensive testing under the Safer Streets Project led by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping.

The funding was secured from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund by the PCC in July 2020 who, in association with Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire County Council, have been working to improve the lives of people in the Chatham Court and Northgate areas.

Inspector Heather Sutton, District Commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this scheme to more of our residents. These trackers will help in the tracking of the bike in the event they are stolen, but they will also act as a deterrent to any would-be thieves.”

“We’re continuing our hard work in making Newark as safe as possible.”

 – Inspector Sutton

“We don’t want anyone to fall victim to bike thefts… for some, it is their only means of transport and without one they can’t get to work or school. We’re continuing our hard work in making Newark as safe as possible and are determined to provide the very best service to our residents”, Inspector Sutton added.

To be eligible for this scheme you must meet the following criteria;

  • Recipients do not necessarily need to live in Newark but should regularly travel into and around Newark by bicycle (under normal, non-COVID circumstances).
  • Alternatively, you must live within the Chatham Court area or Northgate area (including Tithe Barn Court, Queens Court and Lovers Lane)
  • Bikes should have cost at least £250 when purchased.
  •  Bikes should have been purchased within the last three years.

The trackers consist of a small, lightweight material and the owner needs access to a smart phone to track the device via the app.

Councilor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Security measures, in particular GPS trackers, can be extremely effective. We take cycle theft very seriously and the trackers are just one of a number of specific tactics to combat cycle theft as part of the project and I really encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to come forward.”

PCC Paddy Tipping said: “Investing in state-of-the art technology will make a real difference to people’s lives and safety which is the primary purpose of the Safer Streets funding.”

“We are fortunate to be in a position to offer cyclists these innovative GPS trackers”

 – Crime Commissioner Tipping

“We are fortunate to be in a position to offer cyclists these innovative GPS trackers and in doing so will be supporting the police’s work to detect crime and apprehend offenders”, PCC Tipping added.

To apply, contact the Safer Streets Team at Newark and Sherwood District Council via their email; community.safety@nsdc.info