Mobility scooters to be microchipped at Skegness coffee morning
Police in Skegness are offering mobility scooter owners the chance to get their vehicles microchipped to prevent theft.
And community-minded officers have even organised the chipping event to run as part of a charity coffee morning.
Lincs Police have arranged the session as part of their 'Scooter Safe' initiative due to the 'large numbers' of mobility aids in use in the seaside town.
The Wainfleet beat team are hosting the event on Friday September 27 at the People First mobility shop on Lumley Road, which also happens to be holding a Big Macmillan Coffee Morning to raise money for the cancer care charity.
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The store has agreed to donate £1 to Macmillan for every scooter which is security-registered.
Each vehicle will be chipped, UV marked and its owner given a security passport for just £5 while they enjoy coffee and cake.
The Immobitage devices are embedded into the frame of the scooter and contain a unique serial number which can be read and traced by police if stolen.
Warning stickers advising would-be thieves that the vehicle has been tagged will also be handed out.
PCSO Jayne Richardson said:
“There are a large number of mobility scooters in the coastal towns, used by residents and holidaymakers alike, and some models can cost many thousands of pounds. Although crime levels are low in the region and thefts of scooters aren’t common, we are keen to encourage people to take all available opportunities to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime and to protect their machines. The event will coincide with the Big Macmillan Coffee Morning so visitors to the session can enjoy coffee and cake while their mobility scooters are being micro-chipped and can support a worthwhile charity at the same time".