Some Statistics For You

Some Statistics For You
John Moss
By John Moss
April 17, 2013

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, so I’m safe
    Nope, 69% of bike thefts happen at home
  • I don’t leave my bike somewhere unsafe at night
    Most bike thefts actually happen during the afternoon and evening, not at night
  • My bikes not very expensive, so I’m safe
    Specialized, Treks and Giants account for most bike thefts, and they certainly aren’t especially high end bikes
  • But it’s not going to happen to me
    A bike is stolen every 67 seconds, the threat of bike theft is very real

Despite the risk of bike theft, only 36% of cyclists have recorded their frame number. The main thing that helps Police get your bike back.

So how does this change anything?

With most bikes getting stolen from the home, it’s just as important to properly secure your bike when you get home as when you leave it on the street. If we examine the figures further your bike is most at risk in a shared semi-private area of the home, which includes sheds, garages and corridors.

Anchor points are difficult to come by in these places so a normal Dlock won’t cut it, if you store your bike within ear shot you may want to consider purchasing a cheap alarmed padlock (to use with your Dlock).

Failing that securing where you store your bike, can stop thieves getting near it in the first place.

As for the frame number, it’s simple write it down and put it somewhere safe.

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  • Mac

    A £137m per year industry and there is no priority by the police to stop this criminal activity. Does this sound right to anyone that there is no attention paid to recovering or halting this THEFT. After all, theft is a criminal action, oddly theft is against the law. (OK, what law you ask!). I cannot believe that people can get away with this thieving and to this value. What a 3rd world country this is and the only interest is fancy traffic police interceptors to catch motorist who might speed, park on a yellow lines or run a light on red. It sort of tells me that it is OK with the law to steal but don’t break the law in your car.

    So what is the police excuse for not preventing theft of cycles. Too many doughnuts and coffee, to busy playing law enforcer with motorists, or just too damned lazy to hunt for these items, stolen, from we fools who are prevented from sorting out some of these A holes who think they can help themselves as they please. Certainly seems to be a very corrupt country full of untouchables, supported with useless policing. Let us hear from the force on this matter of theft.

    What are they doing to assist in recovery of these cycles?