Arriving at Uni today I spotted a truncheon of police men and women (yes, that is the collective term) chatting to a group of bike folk, so I wheeled a little closer and discovered that they were tagging everyone’s bikes with stickers to prevent bike theft in the city. The stickers have your bike frame number, your name and your postcode on them, which is designed to deter thieves if they spot one.
On first impressions I thought it was a great idea, the sticker was discreet and the South Wales policewoman who applied mine said they were made of some kind of super strong super sticky sticky stuff, which makes them nigh-on impossible to remove. I was given a flyer with a website to enter my personal details and register for the scheme and sent on my merry way.
it was only afterwards that I realised that my name and postcode stuck to my Outside-the-university-bike was quite a clear indication that I wasn’t at home, and the potential thief inspecting said bike then may wish to up his game with a trip to my house…Is this such a well thought-out plan?