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The Nationwide Cycle Registration

A new company has been started to help register bikes in the UK,
aiming to reunite them with their owners if they’re stolen and hopefully safeguard
against theft in the first place.

The driving forces behind the project are Paul and Linda Miller. Being the victims
of cycle theft twice in 11 months, they resolved to make it harder for stolen cycles
to be sold back into the market place. They set up The Nationwide Cycle Registration

The scheme is far reaching; you can register your cycle, new or secondhand (providing
proof of ownership can be confirmed), recording the serial number, makers name, model,
colour and any upgrades, along with your name and address. Within 14 days you will
receive a unique registration document (just like the ones issued with cars).

Should you be unfortunate to be the victim of cycle theft, The NCR will record your
cycle as stolen. Even if your cycle has been stolen it is still possible for the
cycle to be registered. The Stolen Register will be available for anyone to access
to confirm a cycles status. The police are keen to use the system, as this will provide
them with another tool to help combat crime.

Additional to the Stolen Register there is a Registered Cycles For

Sale section, only advertising registered cycles, giving added security to prospective
purchasers, undoubtedly adding value to the cycle. There is also a list of Approved
NCR Dealers, authorised to register cycles at time of sale.

The complete program is also available on the World Wide Web at giving 24 hour access
to on line Registrations, Stolen Register, Registered Cycles For Sale and Approved
NCR Dealers. All of this is available for a once only, single payment of £19.50,
representing excellent value for money.


“Did you lock the garage door
last night” asked my wife, “of course I did, I always do, why?” I
said. “Well it’s wide open now and blowing in the wind”, she said. “You
are joking aren’t you” I said in disbelief.

Well my wife wasn’t joking and the bikes were gone, for the second time in 11 months.
This tale will be familiar to many, if you haven’t been the victim of cycle theft
you will know someone who has.

The insurance company were unhappy with the timing and made us wait two months for
the payment, and the premium has increased by 40%. I have even heard of insurance
companies refusing further insurance to repeat claimants.

Now, having your cycle registered on a national scheme will not stop theft, and it
most certainly will not guarantee its return. But what it will do is help to reduce
the opportunities for those stolen cycles to be sold back into the market place.

As the cycling public become aware of The Nationwide Cycle Registration, more checks
will be made on the Stolen register, either by telephone or via the Internet. You
may say that it is the responsibility of the Government to register all cycles; if
they were going to they would have done it by now.

Of course you may never have your cycle stolen, but I am sure that you will want
to sell it. The chances are that the person who reads your magazine ad has had their
cycle stolen and is unsure how to check to see if your cycle is genuine. Imagine
how much easier it will be for them if it was registered with The NCR and was placed
on the Cycles For Sale register, problem solved.

All this for just one payment of £19.50.


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