Published: January 5, 2010
Police seek to reunite stolen bikes with their owners in Burnham

Police want to reunite stolen bikes with their rightful owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area.

It comes after officers seized 15 bikes from a property in Burnham last month following a search.

The bikes were identified as having been stolen and, although five have already been reunited with their owners, ten are still waiting unclaimed in police custody as their owners couldn't be traced.

Local officers are keen to return the bikes to their owners. An open day is planned at Burnham-On-Sea Police Station on Saturday January 9th between 4.00 – 6.00pm.

Anyone who has had a bike stolen are encouraged to attend to see if any of the cycles are their missing property.

If you plan to attend you will need to bring proof of your ID, such as a photo driving licence or passport and, if possible, proof of ownership such as a registration or frame number, receipt of purchase or photographs.

PCSO Gill Bawler told "If a member of the public has had their bike stolen and wishes to attend the Open Day but they don't have registration documents, they should still come if they are able to describe the bike correctly especially any distinguishing features such as specific scratches or damage, stickers or modifications."

"We are really keen to reunite as many bikes with their owners as possible. I would also like to take the opportunity to encourage people, especially if you have had a new bike for Christmas, to register it on or get your property marked. If you get your bicycle security marked it dramatically increases the chances of it being returned should it be lost or stolen."

Anyone who gets their bike security marked before the end of January will be entered into a competition to win £150 worth of bicycle accessories.

Further information regarding home security, property marking and crime prevention can be obtained from your local Safer Stronger Neighbourhood team.

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