“My bike was stolen in Bristol” – we feel your pain

Such a sad tale of a stolen bike from new Bristol news site, BristolWorld.com. We were able to share some information and advice, including What to do if your bike is stolen and Why Bristol needs more bike hangars https://www.bristolworld.com/news/my-bike-was-stolen-in-bristol-but-i-shouldnt-be-surprised-3423192 Here are a couple of quotes from the article. It wasn’t even a very good bicycle. Bought eight years ago on the Government’s cycle to work scheme, I’d run it into the ground, to the point I was warned it was no longer safe to ride when taking it for…

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Protect your bike for free with Found

Here is another option to register your bike with free of charge. Found joins bikeregister.com or immobilise.com. All forces check recovered bikes against these databases. See our Bike Security page. Found provides a free, easy to use, mobile app for you to register valuables such as bikes and cycling equipment. Once registered with Found if the bike or equipment is ever lost or stolen their technology and community network help search for it. Found is a Bristol based business who are building the community that protects. They have created a network of both public members and businesses…

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What to do if your bike is stolen

Few things make your blood boil more than when someone nicks your bike. What’s more it can take away some of the joy and happiness that’s a part of cycling, with 1 in 4 reducing the amount they cycle following their bike being stolen, and a whopping 1 in 6 (17%) don’t replace their bike (Bike theft – impact on cycling). The first thing to do is report it to the police by calling 101 (or 999 if you see it happening) or fill in the Report a Crime or Incident form and get a crime reference number. When you’ve got a crime report…

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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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