More than 26,000 bicycles were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police last year, up a third on five years ago, BBC London has learned.
That’s bad news and the report does not get any better as you read on:
- Only 4% of bikes recovered
- Most people never report a stolen bike so potentially over 100,000 have been stolen
- 2/3 people don’t return to cycling after a bike is stolen
However, I’m sure that most of my readers take more precautions that 90% of London’s cyclists:
- 2 locks
- Proper locking technique (frame + back wheel + never lock to something fragile or that the bike can be lifted over)
Walking around London, I’m always amazed at the number of bikes secured by flimsy locks. Easy pickings for thieves.
What steps do you take to keep your bike safe?
- Out of these four bikes, this one would get stolen first
- Have you got your bike tagged?
- How to get your bike stolen
- Bike lock guide
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As seen on The Guardian, BBC and The Independent.