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10 seconds to make your bike traceable

Patrick Colquhoun wrote in 1796 in A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis “deprive a thief of a safe and ready market for his goods, and he is undone”, this quote seems like a fairly simple idea but for some reason the trade in stolen goods including bikes seems...

Check That Bike! Campaign FAQ

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. Surely the police have access to a national...

Do the police take bike theft seriously?

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...

Participants needed for study into bicycle theft

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...

Burglars and bike thieves will always be looking to offload their loot on sites like Gumtree and eBay. We urge the public to take precautions when purchasing a cycle from social media sites. Always ask for proof of purchase and meet in a public place.

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Richmond MPS put Thief behind bars…

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...

Securing Your Bike

If 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...

Registering Your Bike

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...

Nominate us for a BikeBiz Award

I’ve been operating Stolen-Bikes.co.uk (and its sister site findthatbike.co.uk) for just over a year and in that time I’ve seen many bikes returned to their rightful owners (and hopefully many more to come, if yours is recovered please let me know the story as I’m...

An appeal to local bike shop owners

Please, please…. please stop selling cheap chain/cable locks! In a recent June issue of a magazine aimed at the UK bike industry (shall remain nameless) I was horrified to see that these locks continue to be sold despite not being fit for purpose no matter how...

£2.5k Stolen Bike Recovered

Below is the short version of an email I received from a very happy cyclist, it’s always good to get these emails as much of what I do comes out of my own pocket. Hello John, Just thought I’d let you know that I’ve recovered my ‘Sunday best’ race bike with the...

SpyBike GPS Tracker

When I first started this website I spotted a GPS tracker from Integrated Trackers that simple fits in your head tube and tracks your bikes position when it’s activated. What follows is a short review of the first generation SpyBike and how it works… First Impressions...

How to avoid buying a stolen bike

Unfortunately in the UK bike theft is at epidemic levels, a bike is stolen every 67 seconds, as a consequence to this it is important that you know how to avoid buying a stolen bike. Below are just some general rules and steps to take Look at the bike and the price,...

Some Statistics For You

We’ve gone over the latest Home Office statistics and found some pretty interesting things that smash some common thoughts about bike theft. Here’s a run down, but for the full infographic click here. I Lock my bike with a secure lock when I’m out,...

Recovering Your Stolen Bike

So if your reading this chances are you’re looking for a way to recover your stolen bike, unfortunately there is no sure fire way but you can drastically help you chances by following these 3 key steps. Quick Links… Stolen Bikes – Stolen Bike Register Find That...

Surrey Police Displaying 50 Recovered Bikes

Cyclists have the chance to be reunited with their stolen or missing bicycles as Surrey Police open up shop to display the bikes. The police will take over an empty retail unit on the weekend of Saturday, January 19, and Sunday, January 20, to try to reunite bicycle...

17 Bikes Recovered in Northampton

If you had your bike stolen in Northampton you may well be in luck, 17 bikes have been recovered in a single raid on 3rd January 2013. TWO men involved have been arrested on suspicion of stealing pedal cycles after Safer Community Team officers in Northampton carried...