CITY centre cops are stepping up the war on bike thieves by hosting a public awareness event on security tomorrow.

Officers working in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Dr Bike will be on Buchanan Street between Nelson Mandela Place and St Vincent Street from 11.45am to 2.15pm.

They hope to to raise awareness of bicycle security and cycling in Glasgow city centre with a public display stand.

The awareness event comes after we reported that thieves armed with bolt cutters have nicked dozens of bikes in the last two months.

Officers at Stewart Street spotted an increase in the number of bike thefts across the entire city centre - and urged cyclists to get savvy about securing their cycle.

This joint partnership aims to give people the opportunity to learn more about how to secure their bikes properly and what the Sold Secure brand mark means.

Members of the public will also be offered a free bike safety check from Dr Bike and free Immobiliser registration from Police Scotland.

There will be examples of suitable locks and approved locking techniques

There will also be demonstrations of how easy it is to overcome some lock types and how quickly your bike can be stolen.

The public are invited to come along to find out more and bring their bike to have it registered and checked over by Dr Bike - numbers are limited for Immobiliser registration so cops advise early attendance to secure your registration.

Read: Glasgow police crackdown on thieves who are using bolt cutters to STEAL bikes