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I got pulled over as I was approaching the Clifton Suspension Bridge this morning.

There were two policemen (next to their enormous SUV - see that, Extinction Rebellion!) stopping cyclists on the Leigh Woods side of the bridge and handing out cards for one or other of the bike registration services.

(Out of interest, has anyone - or does anyone know anyone who has - actually managed to use one of those registration services either to discover a purchased bike was stolen or to recover their own stolen bike?)

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hawkinspeter [3848 posts] 1 month ago
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They had a tent up at the end of the Great Weston Ride on Sunday so I got my bike marked and registered as it's free. Luckily I've never had cause to see if it's worthwhile as I imagine it's only a small number of bikes that get recovered by the police.

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hirsute [976 posts] 1 month ago
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Phew, I thought this was about a campaign for number plates !

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sheridan [13 posts] 1 month ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

They had a tent up at the end of the Great Weston Ride on Sunday so I got my bike marked and registered as it's free. Luckily I've never had cause to see if it's worthwhile as I imagine it's only a small number of bikes that get recovered by the police.

Apparently having the sticker saying it's marked acts as a deterrent to bike thieves.  I'll be interested to see what experiences people on this thread have had.

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OldRidgeback [3185 posts] 1 month ago
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sheridan wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:

They had a tent up at the end of the Great Weston Ride on Sunday so I got my bike marked and registered as it's free. Luckily I've never had cause to see if it's worthwhile as I imagine it's only a small number of bikes that get recovered by the police.

Apparently having the sticker saying it's marked acts as a deterrent to bike thieves.  I'll be interested to see what experiences people on this thread have had.

Well I had one of my BMX race bikes marked and one of my son's. Neither was ever stolen.

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hawkinspeter [3848 posts] 1 month ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:
sheridan wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:

They had a tent up at the end of the Great Weston Ride on Sunday so I got my bike marked and registered as it's free. Luckily I've never had cause to see if it's worthwhile as I imagine it's only a small number of bikes that get recovered by the police.

Apparently having the sticker saying it's marked acts as a deterrent to bike thieves.  I'll be interested to see what experiences people on this thread have had.

Well I had one of my BMX race bikes marked and one of my son's. Neither was ever stolen.

My bike hasn't been stolen since Sunday, either.

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Redvee [453 posts] 1 month ago
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sheridan wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:

They had a tent up at the end of the Great Weston Ride on Sunday so I got my bike marked and registered as it's free. Luckily I've never had cause to see if it's worthwhile as I imagine it's only a small number of bikes that get recovered by the police.

Apparently having the sticker saying it's marked acts as a deterrent to bike thieves.  I'll be interested to see what experiences people on this thread have had.

 

Having the stickers on the desk next to the PC for 18 months is also a deterrent as the bike they are for hasn't been nicked either though I do have to put them on as I managed to get another pair of stickers on Sunday for the other bike.

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brooksby [4737 posts] 1 month ago
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I stopped at their tent on my way home last night and let them register my new (to me!) bike.

Two blokes were walking past as my bike as being registered and I heard one say to the other "Why are they stopping them all?  What do you reckon they've done?  What are they checking?" 

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Bmblbzzz [310 posts] 1 month ago
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Was it with Bike Register, Immobilised or some other service?

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brooksby [4737 posts] 1 month ago
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Bmblbzzz wrote:

Was it with Bike Register, Immobilised or some other service?

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