1,732 bicycles were reported stolen in Westminster between April 2011 and March 2012 – more than any other borough in the Metropolitan Police area. So how can you prevent yours from being the next?
Despite the statistics on cycle theft, many members of Westminster Cycling Campaign have managed to keep their bikes for many years. Here are some of their tips:
Watch two LCC videos on preventing bike theft:
Take down all your bike details, including the frame number, along with other details about your bike.
If your bike is stolen in London, please report this to the Metropolitan Police Service by calling 0300 123 1212 or online at https://online.met.police.uk In an emergency dial 999.
If you are a victim of bike theft and you suspect your bike is being sold, do not arrange to meet the seller, contact the police, quoting your crime reference number.
David Cameron is not the only cyclist to get his bike back after it was stolen.
When Little Venice cyclist Joanna Percy had her bike stolen, she was able to give the frame number to the police. Not long after, local police became suspicious when they saw a yob riding around on a ladies' bike. They checked the frame number and found it was Joanna's.
"There is a God and a good Safer Neighbourhoods Police Team around here" said a happy Joanna. "The police have good pointers that a bike may be stolen if they see kids who don't have a good lock for a bike - they then don't know the real value of the bike."
The incident shows the importance of noting your frame number. You can use bikeregister.com and/or immobilise.com to create a free private and secure portfolio of all your bikes – and other property at immobilise.com. If anything is then lost or stolen, you can use these agencies to tell law enforcement, your insurer and the second-hand trade to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief.