Yongsan MPs step up bicycle registration campaign
March 21, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Yongsan Garrison Military Police are on the lookout for a threat to the Community. But only with your help can they stop the danger posed by unregistered bicycles on post.
So it may sound a little over the top, but the USAG Yongsan Directorate of Emergency Services is hoping to help deter theft and keep bikes on post safe, while removing those bikes left over by a PCS move or other situation from the post. To do this, Yongsan DES has begun a bike registration program open to the entire Community.
By registering the bikes, the Yongsan MPs hope to keep accountability over the property on post, said Staff Sgt. Jason Miller, the Operations Sgt. at the MP Station next to Gate #16. By registering the bikes on post, the MPs can also 'round up' left over bikes, and donatethem to a new home within the Seoul community, including the orphanages around Yongsan, while keeping the area clean.
"You don't want to see 10 or 15 rusted bikes piled on top of each other where the bike rack is supposed to be," Miller said. "It also frees up space for those who are doing the right thing by parking their bikes without having to park next to a pile of junk."
Starting in April, the Military Police will begin looking for bikes not registered through the Camp Kim Pass & ID offices or the Hannam Village MP shack. Registration is easy, requiring only the owner's ID card and the make, model, color and number of speeds on the bike to put the sticker on. Knowing that the Community is busy, the MPs have set a grace period, until July 5, for owners to register their bikes on post.
Though a first time offense won't lead to your bike being scrapped, MPs offer a 72 hour period after the owner has been warned to get the bike registered or impounded. For up to 45 days after that, the owners can still retrieve their bikes before they are turned into the Directorate of Public Works, who then decide what to do with the bike.
According to Miller, the MPs are also setting up areas to register bikes during the Memorial Day and 4th of July festivities on post, giving the Community an easily reachable destination to register.