Police hail turnout for bike etching scheme

Kettering PCSO Nadia Norman with residents who took advantage of a bike etching scheme
Kettering PCSO Nadia Norman with residents who took advantage of a bike etching scheme

Police say they are pleased with the response to their offer to etch security marks into people’s bikes.

PCSOs in Kettering offered the service at a free event at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park in Kettering this morning (Saturday, May 18).

The etchings mean police are able to return many stolen bikes to their rightful owners.

“We might find them dumped in a stream two or three months down the line, so it’s a better way to get them back to their owners,” said PCSO Nadia Norman, from the All Saints beat team. She said her colleague Barrie Dodd had etched 20 bikes and scooters in just two hours.

“We have had people come from the Ise Lodge and Burton Latimer so quite a fair way. The success of previous ones and today means it’s feinitely going to be something we do every couple of months, especially throughout the summer.”

Local borough councillor Michael Brown said such initiatives made all the difference to local residents.

“I was very happy to come along and support our fantastic All Saints PCSOs,” he said. “This is an example of how real work in partnership in the community can help reduce crime. It was great to see a mixture of residents of all ages coming along for a tea, chat and to secure their property.”