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A misleading request? Or BikeRegister trying to save face?

| Informative

So recently a journalist over at BikeRadar took a summary of Freedom of Information requests to make a useful and informative post about the disjointed approach police take when looking for the owners of recovered bikes.

The article can be found here it shows “that all forces apart from Lincolnshire Constabulary – which didn’t reply – checked recovered bikes against their own force wide database. However only 14 forces said they cross-checked the recovered bike with Immobilise and just ten with specialist provider, BikeRegister.”

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Check That Bike! Campaign FAQ

| Informative

So as part of my campaign I’ve been campaigning for the release of stolen bike frame numbers through the use of open data principles.

There are a few frequently asked questions so I thought I’d make a post to address them.

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Do the police take bike theft seriously?

| Informative, Justice

What follows is just my opinion based on two years of working to tackle bike theft and helping victims get their bikes back. It is not meant to be seen as an attack on any force and is simply a summary based on what I’ve learnt.

I want to say before I get started that there are some fantastic individuals in police forces who genuinely have the right idea. I’ve met officers that have dedicated themselves to reducing bike theft (in one case for the last 5 years of their career), the Met even have a dedicated taskforce who deal with bike crime although they are often over stretched in my personal experience. What I say below shouldn’t reflect on these individuals who are IMO overworked and under thanked, it is instead made to address policing in general.

So just why do I believe bike theft isn’t taken seriously?

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Participants needed for study into bicycle theft

| Informative

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…

| Good News, Justice

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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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