Figures released under Freedom of Information laws reveal scale of the problem
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Thousands of bicycle thefts reported to the police are not being investigated because officers believe they are unlikely to be solved.
New figures have revealed that tens of thousands of bicycle thefts are ‘screened out’ as soon as the report has been filed, to save resources. One force revealed that it marked as many as nine in ten of such cases as ‘not for further investigation’.
Those neglected include cases where the bike owner has already identified incriminating CCTV footage, or found adverts which offer the stolen bicycle for sale.