CYCLISTS can get their bike protected for free, thanks to Malvern Hills District Council.
The community safety team will be on hand to offer advice at a series of special bike marking events over the upcoming weeks.
The events will start on Tuesday (July 31) in Kempsey from 11.30am to 1.30pm at Lawnspool Drive and 2pm to 3.30pm at Anglia Crescent.
The team will be at Back Lane car park/play area in Upton from 11am to 2pm on Tuesday, August 7 and outside Malvern Splash from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday, August 8.
There is a session at Malvern Cube from 10am to 1pm on Thursday, August 9 and Dukes Meadow in Pickersleigh from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Friday, August 10.
The final bike marking event will be held at Malvern Cube from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, August 28.
Each bike will be marked with a unique code which can then be registered on a national database.
If the cycle is then lost or stolen it will be easier for police to trace and return it to the rightful owner.
More than 500,000 bikes are stolen in the UK each year because they are poorly stored or not secured at all.
Coun Bronwen Behan, portfolio holder for the environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Bike marking is a great way of giving your bike its very own, unique fingerprint in order to keep it safe.
“This free event will give cycle owner peace of mind that if it is ever stolen or lost, there is a greater chance of being reunited.”