Deputy Chief Constable Urges Owners To Lock Their Bikes

Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan

Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan

Devon and Cornwall’s Deputy Chief Constable says islanders should lock up their bikes so they don’t get stolen.

David Zinzan is on a two-day visit to Scilly. He says he’s aware that locals are concerned by bikes being taken without consent. But as National Policing Lead for Crime Prevention, he says owners have to shoulder some responsibility.

The increased emphasis on bike theft will continue here and David says Sergeant Colin Taylor is an experienced detective who can use his training in forensics to find out who is responsible for bike theft.

And that could mean the first court case for taking a bike, although lesser outcomes, such as restorative justice are more likely.

David accepts that recording bike thefts will hike the islands’ crime figures, which may not look good when published. There were 40 crimes recorded here last year, which he says is “extraordinarily low.”

DCC Zinzan says he’s seen community policing at it’s best during his visit, with officers clearing showing a good relationship with Scillonians.

It’s David’s third and final official visit to Scilly. He retires later this autumn.

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