Residents in West Bay are being given the opportunity to get their bicycles registered with the police in an effort to facilitate the return of stolen goods to their rightful owners.
The police often locate items that are thought to be stolen, but have trouble identifying the genuine owner.
Under the scheme, cycle owners will be able to bring their bike to West Bay police station to register the serial number, make, model, color and any distinguishing marks. They can also have a photograph taken. The bike must have a serial number and owners are advised to bring proof of purchase with them.
This information will be held in a database. The owner will also be given an ultra violet invisible marker to make a secret mark on the bike. This mark will be invisible to the naked eye but will show up under UV light.
‘It is hoped the scheme will help deter criminals from stealing bicycles while at the same time make it easier to identify stolen bikes and locate rightful owners,’ said RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell.
Residents are being urged to come forward and take advantage of the scheme. As part of efforts to encourage people to sign up, special events will take place at all West Bay schools in the coming weeks.
Bicycle retailers have also been informed to notify customers of the scheme. ‘The greater the database, the greater the success rate will be,’ said Ms Howell.
Residents are welcome to attend the police station starting Friday, 6 June to have their bikes registered.
Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.