Bike theft – impact on cycling

Bike theft is a huge issue in Bristol and there can few bike owners who don’t have a story to tell (Where are bikes being nicked, and who by?). This is a great infographic from Dublin Cycling Campaign that applies just as much to Bristol. Some of the key points from survey: 1 in 6 (17%) who have a bike stolen don’t replace their bike A further 1 in 4 reduce the amount they cycle following their bike being stolen Over 40% of stolen bikes were locked with a cable lock Underground car parks and homes are as bad as streets…

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Where are bikes being nicked, and who by?

Between May 2013 and Feb 2015 there were 2976 cycle thefts in Bristol (LA area).  Only 3% of reported bicycle thefts resulted in a prosecution/caution/fine, so it was good to have news of the recent arrest of 5 people and recovery of £50,000 suspected stolen bikes. If you have ever wondered which areas are most vulnerable there’s a useful map attached covering 2013 to 2015. Further information at See more at: http://www.betterbybike.info/bike-security/ Our friends at Stolen Bikes have an interesting blog using information from London looking at Bike Thieves – Who Are They? Recommended reading. No surprises that the answer to why bicycle theft…

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High profile raids snag bike thieves

Over 2,000 bicycles are reported stolen every year in the Bristol area and less than 5% are recovered. Avon and Somerset Police have recently targeted the problem with two high profile raids on what they believe to be gangs of cycle thieves and a push to get cyclists to protect their bikes. In July five people were arrested and £50,000 of suspected stolen bikes were seized as part the year-long Operation Talisman. Advice for cyclists on security from the police can be found in this useful summary Protect yourself from bike thieves…

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Bike Security

– Register your bike with free of charge on the police approved bikeregister.com or immobilise.com. All forces check recovered bikes against these databases. – Insure your bike with your home contents – but check for special conditions – Replace quick release levers with security skewers – more difficult to remove – Use a good quality D-lock with a straight key – only use cables to supplement – Lock your bike in a well lit and busy area – vary where you lock it – Check what you are locking to is…

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Buying a 2nd Hand Bike

Buying a secondhand bike can be risky if you don’t know the person you’re buying from.  The Better By Bike website has some good advice on choosing a bike, including a list of shops who refurbish and sell secondhand bikes. We’ve also got a list of bike shops. Buying from a shop is a better guarantee that the bike has not been stolen, though it’s always worth asking if they have original receipts and have checked with the police register. It’s a good idea to check the frame number of any second hand bike you’re considering…

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