Police report an increase in cycle thefts in York

Police report an increase in cycle thefts in York

Police report an increase in cycle thefts in York

Published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , jennifer.bell@thepress.co.uk

FIVE bikes a day are now being stolen in York, after a sudden surge in thefts.

Cycling City York manager Graham Titchener said the council, police and Safer York Partnership had held talks about the rise but said they were all “perplexed” by the increase.

He said: “A lot of these thefts are opportunist – we are not talking about some organised crime wave here.” The figures show 820 bikes have been stolen so far this year with 161 stolen alone last month – equivalent to five a day. The spate has come despite a number of high-profile police operations to drive down the crime.

Police say a large proportion of the thefts are due to owners leaving bikes unlocked, using inadequate locks or leaving their biked in inadequate and unsafe areas.

Twice as many cycles were reported stolen at the University of York last month compared with the same time last year, and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team is now using covert techniques and plain clothes officers in a bid to catch the offenders.

Micklegate, Guildhall, Poppleton and Fishergate also saw increases, while the Heworth ward and Huntington and New Earswick reported rises of 140 per cent and 227 per cent respectively.

Police have tried various initiatives such as the city-wide Operation Spoke, where people can have their bikes tagged, to deter thieves.

Under the scheme, 4,000 bikes have been UV marked, increasing the chances of stolen cycles being returned.

Cycles with RedWeb technology – tracking devices left on cycles to trap offenders – are also frequently deployed in the worst hit racks.

Mr Titchener, Cycling City manager for City of York Council, said “a serious amount of money” from the Cycling City budget had been ploughed into cycling safety and security in the city.

“We want people to cycle more so we need to spend money to make sure cycling is safe and secure,” he said. There has been a rise in the number of cyclists in the city and the number of bikes being purchased, so that might be one factor.

“But I have to say we are perplexed. I would say people need to invest in decent locks – those that only cost a couple of pounds are not adequate.”

He said further campaigns were being planned, including in hotspot areas such as St Andrewgate.

CTC York spokesman Paul Hepworth said more money was needed to cover parts of the city not yet covered by CCTV.

He said: “Anyone who has spent hard-earned money on a bike, especially an expensive one, is going to be naturally upset by the theft of their cycle.”

A police spokesperson said: “From analysing reported incidents, the main area of concern is how users either leave cycles unlocked or use inadequate locks.

“The cycles are also left in inappropriate areas such as unlit streets, out of sight, around the corners of buildings or simply dumped on a pavement. These are all places criminals look for and know about.”

The Press reported earlier this year how a former electricity sub-station near Lendal Bridge will be turned into a cycling hub which will allow 100 bikes to be parked there.


Police advice

• When buying a bike, budget for security. Take out insurance.

• Record and register your bike model, make and frame number.

• Take a clear, colour photograph of your bike and make a written record of its description, including any unique features.

• Security mark the bicycle or get it tagged. • Park in secure, designated areas.

• Protect your bike with a lock. A hardened steel D-lock is recommended as the minimum.

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12:29pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Lizzie Browning says...

Give them cycle paths and they will come. On hot bikes it seems!
Should the council be claiming this as a success? :-)
Give them cycle paths and they will come. On hot bikes it seems! Should the council be claiming this as a success? :-) Lizzie Browning
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12:34pm Mon 16 Aug 10

spiritofyork says...

I'm sure this will delight the anti-cycling brigade! I wouldn't be surprised if anti cycling vigilantes are stealing the bieks and dumping them en masse in the Ouse.
I'm sure this will delight the anti-cycling brigade! I wouldn't be surprised if anti cycling vigilantes are stealing the bieks and dumping them en masse in the Ouse. spiritofyork
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12:42pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Alfred The Great says...

CTC York spokesman Paul Hepworth said more money was needed to cover parts of the city not yet covered by CCTV.

He said: “Anyone who has spent hard-earned money on a bike, especially an expensive one, is going to be naturally upset by the theft of their cycle.”

Yes Paul and they should buy a decent lock, why should more money be spent on CCTV just because cyclists don't always invest in good quality security, I am not saying they all don't invest, but some of the locks out there can be chewed through by a toothless tleaf in a couple of minutes, so let's keep some proportion on this.
CTC York spokesman Paul Hepworth said more money was needed to cover parts of the city not yet covered by CCTV. He said: “Anyone who has spent hard-earned money on a bike, especially an expensive one, is going to be naturally upset by the theft of their cycle.” Yes Paul and they should buy a decent lock, why should more money be spent on CCTV just because cyclists don't always invest in good quality security, I am not saying they all don't invest, but some of the locks out there can be chewed through by a toothless tleaf in a couple of minutes, so let's keep some proportion on this. Alfred The Great
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12:43pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Silver says...

Pedalling Paul must be adding to his collection of his preciouses....
Pedalling Paul must be adding to his collection of his preciouses.... Silver
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1:11pm Mon 16 Aug 10

antonius maximus says...

Galloway sees another of his flagship policies fail!!
Galloway sees another of his flagship policies fail!! antonius maximus
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1:12pm Mon 16 Aug 10

SophieC says...

When will they next have a tagging van out? I always see them when I don't have my bike!
When will they next have a tagging van out? I always see them when I don't have my bike! SophieC
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1:33pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Digeorge says...

This is interesting because their appears to have been an increase in garage thefts.

However, I wonder how many are genuine, most are probably insurance claims or people wanting to raise money to buy a new model.

I have a couple of bikes I would like to exchange for a new model.
This is interesting because their appears to have been an increase in garage thefts. However, I wonder how many are genuine, most are probably insurance claims or people wanting to raise money to buy a new model. I have a couple of bikes I would like to exchange for a new model. Digeorge
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2:29pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Semprini says...

Why would even more CCTV have an effect when we are already one of the most surveilled countries in the world with little to no evidence that it reduces crime. 1984 should be seen as a really scary book, not a training manual.
Why would even more CCTV have an effect when we are already one of the most surveilled countries in the world with little to no evidence that it reduces crime. 1984 should be seen as a really scary book, not a training manual. Semprini
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2:42pm Mon 16 Aug 10

daveycfc655 says...

i have a bike but i live in leeds i never go out on the thing,its just stood gathering dust in my house,to many hills to get up round here,may bring mine over to york lock it up with my cheap lock so it gets nicked, then claim on my bike insurence.
i have a bike but i live in leeds i never go out on the thing,its just stood gathering dust in my house,to many hills to get up round here,may bring mine over to york lock it up with my cheap lock so it gets nicked, then claim on my bike insurence. daveycfc655
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3:38pm Mon 16 Aug 10

taken for a mug says...

I go for mandatory bike registration and insurance, and all those that break the law the choice of a cycle security and awareness course or £100 fine.
I go for mandatory bike registration and insurance, and all those that break the law the choice of a cycle security and awareness course or £100 fine. taken for a mug
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3:46pm Mon 16 Aug 10

mystic_genius says...

taken for a mug wrote:
I go for mandatory bike registration and insurance, and all those that break the law the choice of a cycle security and awareness course or £100 fine.
Would the course be taken by our pedalling 'friend'? Now THAT would be a punishment...
[quote][p][bold]taken for a mug[/bold] wrote: I go for mandatory bike registration and insurance, and all those that break the law the choice of a cycle security and awareness course or £100 fine.[/p][/quote]Would the course be taken by our pedalling 'friend'? Now THAT would be a punishment... mystic_genius
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4:14pm Mon 16 Aug 10

spiritofyork says...

So, let me get this right; a bike gets nicked, the friendly PCSO discovers that you haven't registered it, so you get fined £100 and sent on a course like a common criminal as well as having had your bike stolen. Deary me.
So, let me get this right; a bike gets nicked, the friendly PCSO discovers that you haven't registered it, so you get fined £100 and sent on a course like a common criminal as well as having had your bike stolen. Deary me. spiritofyork
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4:25pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Get-a-grip says...

CTC York spokesman Paul Hepworth said more money was needed to cover parts of the city not yet covered by CCTV.

Not content with the many hundreds of thousands of pounds spent pandering to cyclists, and the serious subsequent congestion caused, he now wants more spending on them because some of the dingbats can't get a proper secure cycle lock. Parasite!
1984 should be seen as a really scary book, not a training manual.

Nice one.
So, let me get this right; a bike gets nicked, the friendly PCSO discovers that you haven't registered it, so you get fined £100 and sent on a course like a common criminal as well as having had your bike stolen. Deary me.

There's just no down side to that.
[quote] CTC York spokesman Paul Hepworth said more money was needed to cover parts of the city not yet covered by CCTV. [/quote] Not content with the many hundreds of thousands of pounds spent pandering to cyclists, and the serious subsequent congestion caused, he now wants more spending on them because some of the dingbats can't get a proper secure cycle lock. Parasite! [quote]1984 should be seen as a really scary book, not a training manual.[/quote] Nice one. [quote] So, let me get this right; a bike gets nicked, the friendly PCSO discovers that you haven't registered it, so you get fined £100 and sent on a course like a common criminal as well as having had your bike stolen. Deary me.[/quote] There's just no down side to that. Get-a-grip
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5:04pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Ben Guela says...

These numbers of cycle thefts are enormous.
Time the police did something.
Or the vigilanties..
These numbers of cycle thefts are enormous. Time the police did something. Or the vigilanties.. Ben Guela
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5:17pm Mon 16 Aug 10

mumof4andahalf says...

Tagging bikes doesnt deter thieves!! They usually plan to dump them anyway so why should they care if they are tagged or not! We've had loads nicked, infuriating!!
Tagging bikes doesnt deter thieves!! They usually plan to dump them anyway so why should they care if they are tagged or not! We've had loads nicked, infuriating!! mumof4andahalf
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5:49pm Mon 16 Aug 10

pedalling paul says...

I "spoke" (no pun intended) to the CTC rep mentioned above. I understand that his comments to The Press were more wide ranging and included a mention of the need for cyclists to use decent locks. These remarks were duplicated by other commentators, and were attributed to them. Both myself and, I suspect CTC, fully agree that the onus for security must equally rest with cyclists. But getting better CCTV coverage would be an enormous boost to all our security.
I "spoke" (no pun intended) to the CTC rep mentioned above. I understand that his comments to The Press were more wide ranging and included a mention of the need for cyclists to use decent locks. These remarks were duplicated by other commentators, and were attributed to them. Both myself and, I suspect CTC, fully agree that the onus for security must equally rest with cyclists. But getting better CCTV coverage would be an enormous boost to all our security. pedalling paul
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6:26pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Biggles Breaks his Silence says...

This story along with the 'mugging on the bike track' stories is just propaganda so Paul gets CCTV on his Orbital wet dream and shiny new bike store.

Expect more stories in the coming months or at least until he gets his own way.
This story along with the 'mugging on the bike track' stories is just propaganda so Paul gets CCTV on his Orbital wet dream and shiny new bike store. Expect more stories in the coming months or at least until he gets his own way. Biggles Breaks his Silence
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6:53pm Mon 16 Aug 10

euroinforitnow says...

Dear me; Paris, Amsterdam and now York. I've never heard of bikes being stolen before in the UK. York must be a serious crime hotspot.
Dear me; Paris, Amsterdam and now York. I've never heard of bikes being stolen before in the UK. York must be a serious crime hotspot. euroinforitnow
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9:35pm Mon 16 Aug 10

King Edward says...

School holidays - any crime rate that's up, there's your reason. Parents at work nothing to do, no money so steal it. The ones without working parents don't usually go to school anyway so they are all year round offenders. Doesn't matter if it's locked or bolted down, cordless power tools mean anything can be taken, the more challenging the better.
School holidays - any crime rate that's up, there's your reason. Parents at work nothing to do, no money so steal it. The ones without working parents don't usually go to school anyway so they are all year round offenders. Doesn't matter if it's locked or bolted down, cordless power tools mean anything can be taken, the more challenging the better. King Edward
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8:43am Tue 17 Aug 10

Semprini says...

pedalling paul wrote:
But getting better CCTV coverage would be an enormous boost to all our security.


I'm sure we all long for the day when we can't walk anywhere in this country without being filmed.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul[/bold] wrote: But getting better CCTV coverage would be an enormous boost to all our security.[/p][/quote] I'm sure we all long for the day when we can't walk anywhere in this country without being filmed. Semprini
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8:59am Tue 17 Aug 10

Beagleboy says...

People should lock the bikes properly - never mind CCTV!

Walk round York city centre today and see how many bikes are locked up with flimsy £2 locks that you could cut through with your teeth. If you put two decent locks on your bike a bike theif won't even look twice!
People should lock the bikes properly - never mind CCTV! Walk round York city centre today and see how many bikes are locked up with flimsy £2 locks that you could cut through with your teeth. If you put two decent locks on your bike a bike theif won't even look twice! Beagleboy
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9:04am Tue 17 Aug 10

the bambergirl says...

Personally i cant see how CCTV would help, the money could be used in better ways.

Perhaps the increase is simply down to increased reporting of bike theft due to the tagging system. For example my other half's bike cost £30 years ago so we would never have reported it stolen. Now it is tagged i would report it purely in case the police found it dumped somewhere so it could be returned....just an idea??
Personally i cant see how CCTV would help, the money could be used in better ways. Perhaps the increase is simply down to increased reporting of bike theft due to the tagging system. For example my other half's bike cost £30 years ago so we would never have reported it stolen. Now it is tagged i would report it purely in case the police found it dumped somewhere so it could be returned....just an idea?? the bambergirl
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10:42am Tue 17 Aug 10

furiousofhuntington says...

Its fine for you unemployed scum to steal my bike then receive a caution from the police with no pay back, so I just have pay out from my hard earned to buy another bike , good old police crack down .....rubbish ? Usual police action......nothing at all and protect the scumbags, bless them .
Its fine for you unemployed scum to steal my bike then receive a caution from the police with no pay back, so I just have pay out from my hard earned to buy another bike , good old police crack down .....rubbish ? Usual police action......nothing at all and protect the scumbags, bless them . furiousofhuntington
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12:21pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Pedro says...

Bike locks are often rubbish. They are mostly plastic with a few fibres of metal in them because that is how they make their money! Plastic is cheaper than metal. Any thief can crack a combination lock and those that don't can find out how on the internet!

Get yourself a proper D lock and then get a kryptonite cable through both wheels. Better still add a (non plastic) cable lock because thieves never carry tools to break both.
Bike locks are often rubbish. They are mostly plastic with a few fibres of metal in them because that is how they make their money! Plastic is cheaper than metal. Any thief can crack a combination lock and those that don't can find out how on the internet! Get yourself a proper D lock and then get a kryptonite cable through both wheels. Better still add a (non plastic) cable lock because thieves never carry tools to break both. Pedro
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