Bike Theft nearly 4 a Day

Posted by chdot on August 1, 2006

Lock it securely

Last year 1363 bikes were reported stolen in Edinburgh. Evening News story. This year’s figure is expected, by the Police, to reach 1400. It is suspected that many are taken by organised gangs who particularly target areas such as Marchmont with high levels of bicycle ownership. (What to do if it happens to you).

Thieves prefer new looking bikes which they hope they will be able to resell (perhaps in Glasgow) for a ‘reasonable’ amount.

The best advice is to use a good quality lock and lock the bike to something solid. This is increasingly difficult in tenement areas where each stair may have several bikes and neighbours may (understandably) not want bikes locked to banisters.

Unfortunately even these are no guarantee that your bike is ‘safe’ most are made of cast iron – easily broken with a hammer or even a kick.

In addition to the theft of complete bikes it is common for saddles and wheels to be stolen, usually because they are only held on with ‘quick-release’ mechanisms.

In London stickers (above) are appearing on bike racks advising people to use a cable (quite cheap) in addition to their locks. City of Edinburgh Council and the University of Edinburgh are currently considering printing similar stickers.

2 Responses to “Bike Theft nearly 4 a Day”

  1. simon said

    I had a £500 mountain bike stolen from a stair well when i lived in bruntsfield a couple of years ago. I’ve only recently found out that there has been a spree of organised bike crime in edinburgh. More definatley has to be done by both the council and the police to highlight this problem! I recommend to everyone who considers their bike to be at risk, to keep them indoors. Removing the front wheel helps to store the bike in small spaces.
    This may seem unsightly to parents or flatmates but its a damn sight better than forking out for a new one or claiming on insurance.

  2. Andrew said

    The same thing is happening in Glasgow. We have had two bikes stolen from outside our top floor tenemant flat on separate occasions. Do people think that the U shaped locks to secure to bannisters are sufficient?

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