The Gloucester venue of the Gloucestershire Youth Mini Bike Project is now fully-secure thanks to the installation of a new CCTV system.
What is the Gloucestershire Youth Mini Bike Project?
Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Gloucestershire Youth Mini Bike Project (GYMBP) was set up in 2014 by Gloucestershire Constabulary to help address the issue of anti-social and illegal use of small motorcycles in public places.
Also known as mini bikes or mini motos, these vehicles are small in size but offer up to 49cc in power. Without proper legal and safety checks, they are not approved for use on public roads and can be dangerous to the riders and the public.
Under the leadership of PCSCOs Mark and Sandra Jones, the GYMBP project organises monthly, supervised meet-ups in Gloucester to provide a safe and controlled place for youngsters aged 6-16 to ride their mini bikes. So far, over 1,300 young people from many diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds has accessed this positive activity and the numbers are steadily increasing.
The project is able to operate thanks to the dedication of 35 volunteers, and relies entirely on self-funding and donations from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sheriff of Gloucester and local business community. As well as reducing disruption to the public and issues for the Police, the facility gives riders the chance to enjoy their bikes safety and without breaking the law.
Youngster takes his mini bike to the Gloucester track
Allcooper and GYMBP have worked together before when in 2014, we supplied a free of charge Intruder Alarm system to protect their leased premises off Bristol Road, Gloucester. The premises is a large warehouse which features a purpose-built track for riding the mini bikes and fully-trained marshals - all of whom are volunteers.
Project Coordinator, PCSO Mark Jones (far right) poses with Allcooper staff in 2014
Security stepped up thanks to Allcooper
To further improve the overall security of the premises, the GYMBP approached us for advice on installing a new CCTV system and security lighting solution. We were delighted to again offer our support, and thanks to the generosity of two experienced members of our team, we were able to offer significantly reduced quotations which included free of charge labour. Both Adam Mason and Paul McAvoy are experienced former Allcooper engineers, who now design systems as part of our technical sales team. They donated their own time to install the systems during a weekday evening - a fantastic gesture!
The project also benefits from the time of another Allcooper employee - Tom Jones. Tom is the son of Mark and Sandra, and volunteers at each meet to take professional photos of the action.
As well as giving participants the freedom to ride, project volunteers and partner agencies offer advice and support to engage with young people in the community, whilst educating them on the consequences to riding anti-socially and important aspects of road safety. The project is currently meeting one Sunday morning every month.
Volunteer Marshal addresses an enthusiastic group
Following the installation, we received this lovely feedback...
Project coordinator, PCSO Sandra Jones posted on the Gloucestershire Youth Mini Bike Project Facebook Page:
"Adam and Paul from Allcooper kindly volunteered to give up their evening to install a CCTV system in our Gloucester warehouse. Allcooper supplied the system and a security floodlight at a significantly reduced rate and we can't thank them enough for their generosity and support. These work in conjunction with the alarm they previously supplied and fitted, and gives us total peace of mind. Fingers crossed it will be a deterrent... prevention is better than cure. Huge thank you to Allcooper! P.S. excuse the dog who photo-bombed the pic!"
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Find out more about the Gloucestershire Youth Mini Bike Project
Please visit the GYMBP Facebook Page for more information and to find out how you can get involved with the project.