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Singapore Uses Labels to Deter Bike Theft

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Singapore Uses Labels to Deter Bike Theft

The National Crime Prevention Council and police in Singapore are deterring bicycle thieves by rolling out high security labels. The new labels are small, tamper-proof labels produced by 3M Technologies and are embedded with a serial code that can be used to track missing bikes.

Currently, the labels are only used for those citizens living in Tampines or Changi and are available for free from neighborhood police centers. By May, the initiative will be implemented across the country, according to The Straits Times.

"The NCPC is always looking at different ways to stop preventable crimes. As the bicycle population increases in Singapore, it is timely that we have a more proactive approach to tackling bike theft," said Tan Kian Hoon, chairmain of the NCPC, according to Today Online.

"By giving bicycles a unique identity, it would make it harder for thieves to use their stolen bikes openly."

Today Online reported that since 2009, 1,074 cases of bike theft have been reported - marking a spike in thefts from 399 cases in 2009. Last year, the number of reported thefts rose to 719 cases.