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Participants needed for study into bicycle theft

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We’ve been contacted by one of our readers to ask for help in recruiting participants for a study into bicycle theft.

Ryan Dunn, a post-graduate anthropology student at University College London, would like to interview recent victims of bicycle theft for his Master’s degree research project. During the interview you will be asked questions about the relationship you had with your lost bicycle, the manner in which the bicycle contributed to your self-identity, and how you were affected by its theft.

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Richmond MPS put Thief behind bars…

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A bike thief who tried to sell a stolen cycle on Gumtree has landed a 12 week prison sentence.

On Thursday 31st October Richmond police were alerted by the victim of a burglary that her bike was being sold on Gumtree. The bike, a £500 Specialized Ariel cycle was being advertised for £200 under the guise that the seller stated he was moving to Australia. Officers from the Richmond Burglary Team arranged to meet the seller purporting to be an interested party that same day at Asda in Roehampton.

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Securing Your Bike

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bikekitIf you’ve just got a new bike it’s really important that you take some of the below tips to heart with most new bikes being stolen within 2 years and a vast majority of those never being recovered there is a very real chance that if you don’t take action your bike will end up on the front page of this website or others like it.

Record your bikes details

So you’ve just got your new bike, it’s nice and shiny and it’s sunny outside, time to go for ride? Stop! There are a few vital details you can record that dramatically increase the chances of recovering your bike should it ever be stolen.

Lock your bike… PROPERLY!

Welcome to the arms race! Unfortunately no lock on the market can resist a determined bike thief so the object of locking your bike properly is simply to make the thief look elsewhere for easier pray.

  1. Get the right lock
    See those cable locks? walk right past them and go for a Dlock which are much harder to defeat without the use of power tools. I personally recommend the Kryptonite New Yorker, which comes with a anti-theft guarantee.
  2. Location, location, location
    Try to find dedicated bike racks in busy areas that are covered by CCTV, the more bikes using it the better.
  3. Use your lock correctly
    If you don’t use your lock correctly you may as well have not bothered.

    • Ensure that you at the very least include a major part of the frame, try to include one wheel as well, and if you have a second lock loop that around the other wheel and frame.
    • Place the lock in a way that it can’t be moved lower to the ground, this stops bike thieves using the ground as leverage when trying to break your lock.
    • Try to keep the lock tight around the object and the bike, so it’s harder for the thieves to move the lock around looking for a weak spot.

Other practical tips

  • If you come back to your bike and find that the tyres have been deflated or another lock is on it, don’t leave your bike. It’s a common tactic that thieves are using, so they can wait for the area to be quieter before taking the bike.
  • Placing random bit’s a Gaffa tap on your seat and other choice components can make your bike less appealing to a bike thief.
  • In high crime areas you can secure your accessories by putting a ball bearing in the nuts, sealed with melted wax. Alternatively cheap cable locks or specialist locking nuts do the same job.

 

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Insuring your bike

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Unfortunately if you were to go out and buy a new bike, the law of averages would say that it will be stolen within 23 months. Because of this it really makes it a no brainer to get a decent level of bicycle insurance, at least whilst your bike is worth a decent amount.

If you do have any experiences (good or bad) with the below insurer let me know in the comments.

ETA Cycle Insurance From £21.31 a year

Includes: Theft, accidental damage & vandalism (including triathlons & events); No de-valuation of your bike over time; £1m third party and personal accident; Shed and garage storage covered; Covers bikes up to £5,000; Low excess – 5% (£25 minimum); Discount for folding bicycles; Cycle Rescue (breakdown cover for your bicycle); 90 days Europe + 60 days worldwide; Electric bikes covered as standard

Alternative

It’s well worth checking to see if your covered under your house insurance, as this may be a cheaper option, although you may lose out on some of the features ETA offer.

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Registering Your Bike

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With most new bike sold being stolen within 24 months, it’s really important to take down a few essential details of your bike that will drastically improve the odds of your bike being returned should the worst happen.

The minimum of details you should take are

  • Make and Model of Bike
  • Frame Number (usually found near your pedals, often on the bottom of the frame).
  • Any scratches, marks or parts that makes your bike unique
  • If possible take a photo as well

There are several services (listed below), which assist you with taking all the relevant details. Alternatively if you wish to do it yourself, you can just write down the details or simply email the details to yourself for safe keeping.

immobitagImmobilise

Immobilise is a property register, widely adopted by police forces in the UK. Whilst it’s business practices are morally questionable, it’s wide adoption means that it’s well worth using to register your bike.

BikeRegister

Bike Register is a bicycle specific register, adopted by a growing number of police forces. Chances are if you attend a cycle marking event the officers will be utilizing bike register to record the registrations.

BikeShepherd

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Bike Shepherd is a easy to use bicycle specific register, whilst it hasn’t been adopted by any police forces. It is the only bicycle register that also publicizes your bike should it go missing (excluding ourselves).

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