Force tackles rise in pedal cycle theft in the City
Week of action with partners to raise awareness
Last year on average 38 bikes a month were stolen in the City of London and the force has teamed up with a number of industry experts as part of a number of initiatives to tackle the increase in pedal cycle theft in the City.
Tomorrow (14 April) sees the force launch the first phase of an awareness campaign designed to help cyclists make their bicycle less attractive to thieves. The week of intensive action includes a range of activities from free bike safety checks courtesy of havebike to bicycle tagging with Bike Register and cyclists are invited to drop in and find out more about how they can reduce the risk of having their bike stolen.
- Tuesday 14th – Cheapside, bike racks – 8.30 am – 2 pm
- Wednesday 15th – Silk Street, bike racks – 3 pm – 7 pm
- Thursday 16th – Bishopsgate, bike racks – 3 pm – 7 pm
- Friday 17th – Cheapside, bike racks – 3 pm – 7 pm
City of London Police Cycle Officer Sgt Stuart Ford said: “We are determined to make bicycles in the City a tough target for would-be thieves and urge cyclists to drop in to one of our days of action to pick up some advice and get their bike marked for free. Getting your bike marked and some security advice will only take a minute of your time – but your bike can be stolen in a matter of seconds.”
Nick Brown, MD of havebike said: “Ultimately it is about making your bike as unattractive to thieves as possible by using Sold Secure Gold D locks, not cable locks, and locking the bike through the wheel and frame, the lock is more difficult for a thief to access. They are more likely to see stealing your bike as too much hassle and simply move on.”
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