CYCLISTS are being urged to get their bikes marked in a bid to deter thieves.

National Bike Week begins on Saturday - but cyclists are being warned the summer months mean they could fall victim to thieves.

Residents are being urged to have their bikes marked with their address so it's easier to track down and return it in the event of a theft.

Both Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils are offering residents the chance to have their bikes marked with a free service.

South Bucks' portfolio holder for community Anita Cranmer said: "I urge everyone to have their bike marked. It is effective in deterring theft and helps identify the owner when a stolen bike is recovered. If you are relying on a bike this summer be sure to keep it safe and secure."

Chiltern District Council's Peter Hudson added: "Don't make life easy for bike thieves - lock up bikes properly in a sensible space and have some form of marking on the frame deter criminals."

Apply for a free sticker giving your postcode details by contacting the councils' Community Safety Team on 01895 837200 or