This article was published in 2015, in Newsletter 122.
Over the last few years we have seen an increase in passengers using bikes to travel to and from railway stations. Unfortunately this has also provided increased opportunities for thieves.
Last year over 5,000 bikes with an estimated value of £1.5 million were stolen from Britain’s railways. British Transport Police have looked to address this by allocating days to crack down on cycle crime. Throughout the year we have held bike surgeries encouraging owners of pedal cycles to ensure their property is more secure through advice and offering a free bike-marking service in conjunction with Bike Register tags. These tags mark your bike with a unique ID number making it easier to recover your bike if stolen and thus a less attractive proposition to steal
Additionally we have invested in a large stock of Gold Standard D-Locks to be given free of charge to regular rail users who agree to have their bikes marked and registered. The locks are paid for out of POCA funds (Proceeds of Crime Act) and supports our vision of giving something back to society which others have unlawfully taken.
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A smart way to store your bicycle information
Here is a great tip from Sergeant Chris Horton of the Cambridgeshire Police.
Store your bicycle frame number as a contact in your smart phone, along with some identifying pictures. Then you will always have it to hand if you need to make a report to the police. This works especially well if you have a name for your bicycle.
‘Locking your Bike’ – A new online video from the Campaign
We recently held a video-making workshop with experienced volunteer, Michael Prior-Jones. With just four hours, an iPhone and a laptop, three amateurs were able to create a short video showing how to securely lock a bicycle.
See picture in previous article.