Cycle Lewes are holding a series of free bike marking events this month.

Cycle theft is increasing in the UK, and there is a growing market in second-hand bikes – so, anything that can be done to make bikes harder to steal – the better!

Not locking a bike, poor quality locks and bad locking techniques make cycles more vulnerable to theft. Once stolen, the lack of identifiable information to prove a crime often prevents the police from being able to connect stolen cycles with their owners or take action against thieves.

Bike Register is the UK’s National Cycle Database with more than one million registered bikes – it’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they will be arrested.

There will be three events throughout August where you can get your bike marked:

:: Wednesday 10 August, Depot, Pinwell Road 5 – 7.00 pm

:: Saturday 20 August, Dr Bike, Harvey’s Yard (rear) 10am – 12noon

:: Wednesday 24 August, Eridge Green, Landport Road 5 – 7.00 pm

These events are being funded by the Lewes Community Safety Partnership which works to tackle crime, the underlying causes of crime and the fear of crime to make Lewes district a safer place to live, work and visit.

Cycle Lewes would also like to hear about your experience and views of cycling in Lewes and what they should be campaigning for to make cycling safer for all.

More events will be held in September. Further dates will be posted on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Their website has details on how to lock your bike securely and what to do if it is stolen. Alternatively, you can email them at for more information.