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HertsReunited.co.uk website celebrates first successes
HertsReunited.co.uk celebrates its first success in reuniting rightful owners with their property. Three suspected stolen bicycles have been reclaimed by their owners as a result of seeing them featured on the website within days of its launch.

The website to reunite people with their lost or stolen property is operated by Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, and went live less than two weeks ago (January 14). It features photos of found and recovered items, as well as a facility for people to report lost property.

Several days before HertsReunited.co.uk was launched, two bike thefts were reported to police by two 18-year-old students from the University of Hertfordshire and another suspected stolen bike was seen for sale on an auction website.  Police executed a warrant at an address in Almond Walk, Hatfield, on January 12 and recovered ten suspected stolen bikes.  Two men were arrested and are currently on police bail.

All the bikes were featured on HertsReunited.co.uk from January 14 and, as a result, two have already been successfully reunited with their owners and a third bike is going through the proof of ownership process to ensure the claimant is genuine.

PC David Murray from the University of Hertfordshire Policing Team said: “It gives me great satisfaction to be able to give property back to the rightful owners and I would urge other cyclists who have lost their bikes recently, or think they have been stolen, to check out the website as we may have them in safe keeping.

“Owners simply need to contact us through the website and provide some proof of ownership in order to have their property returned.”

“I would like to thank the University of Hertfordshire for their assistance in promoting the HertsReunited website and helping to reunite the students with their property.”

Inspector Jeff Scott, who was the project manager for the website said: “I’m delighted that there has been such a swift success for HertsReunited. I would urge people to ensure that their bikes and other property is security-marked in some way, or registered with Immobilise.com, and that you keep receipts for goods that you buy as this does help when it comes to claiming back an item.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “A great success story and I’m sure there are many more to come. It is vital for the police to put the needs of the public first - this is one such service that directly helps victims of crime and those who have suffered a loss.”

You can visit the website at www.hertsreunited.co.uk.