Kind-hearted cops have revealed dozens of NHS heroes were offered free bike marking during lockdown – after they were targeted by thieves.
Yesterday (Tuesday) police revealed how they had launched Operation Monty after a number of hospital workers at the RVI in Newcastle had their bicycles stolen.
The undercover sting operation led to 12 suspected thieves being arrested after officers planted a bicycle in the grounds of the hospital.
It was launched by the Newcastle City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team to offer reassurance to our NHS heroes – and help safeguard their property.
Now the same team have revealed they have also been offering free bike marking to hospital workers in a further bid to deter thieves.
It was led by PC Jonny Bell and CSO Caroline Codd who security marked 23 pedal cycles and handed out 17 free D-locks to those who needed them.
PC Bell said: “I was more than happy to help our NHS heroes and make it more difficult for thieves to target their property.
“Not only did we assist staff in registering their bicycles using the BikeRegister scheme but we also handed out some sturdy D-locks free of charge.
“I am the beat manager for the RVI and have met some wonderful members of staff who have gone above and beyond during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I am looking forward to continuing to work with hospital management to arrange further crime prevention events on site in the coming weeks and months.
“This preventative work has already proven to be extremely successful in deterring thieves from stealing pedal cycles and assisting us in recovering stolen property.
“We encourage any bike owners to come along to get their bikes registered and talk to us about how they can keep their bikes safe.”
Transport and travel advisor David Malone, of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has also offered his thanks to police.
He said: “This is a great example of partnership working to ensure our staff can get to work sustainably, which supports our climate emergency and local air quality improvement aims, and we would like to thank the police for all their support in keeping their bikes safe.”
If you are a hospital worker in Newcastle and are interested in free bike marking events then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also report information about suspicious behaviour or criminality to police on the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101.