Number of bike thefts in York doubles

Number of bike thefts in York doubles

Bicycle crime has risen dramatically in York in recent months

Travelling by bicycle is being actively encouraged in York

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

BIKE thefts in York have rocketed to more than 2,000 a year – and only a fraction of the crimes are being solved.

New figures obtained by The Press show an average of six bikes a day are being stolen in the city – nearly twice as many as in 2009/10. But for every 14 bikes taken, only one is ever recovered.

Police say many of the thefts are “opportunist” and have again urged people to secure their bikes in the city centre.

In January, police said they expected bike thefts in 2010/11 to reach 1,600 – up from 1,120 in 2009/10. But statistics released to The Press show the figure between May 2010 and 2011 actually hit 2,173.

The figures, revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, also show the city’s worst hot-spots for bike crime.

Guildhall and Clifton were worst, with 386 and 200 thefts respectively, followed by Micklegate on 190 and Heworth on 188.

Hull Road (182), Westfield (139) and Huntington and New Earswick (130) were next on the list.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We are aware of this increase in the theft of pedal cycles and have a number of ongoing operations to reduce these thefts, which are often opportunistic.

“We encourage people to help themselves becoming the victims of crime by securing their cycles with approved locks and ensuring that they are stored in a locked building when not in use.

“If owners have had their bikes security coded, this means that we are far more likely to be able to return them once recovered.”

The figures show only 70 people faced proceedings in relation to the 2,173 bikes stolen over the past 12 months, with 65 being charged and five being cautioned.

Police say they have worked with the Safer York Partnership to deter cycle thieves through crime prevention initiatives such as the Red Hand campaign. It sees tracker systems being secretly attached to bikes which are randomly displayed at cycle racks throughout the city and which allow them to be traced if they are stolen.

Cyclists in York also now have a dedicated cycle hub station next to Lendal Bridge, which offers secure parking for cyclists.

It was funded jointly by City of York Council and Cycling City York and is run by the Bike Rescue Project.

Bernie Cullen, who runs the project and sits on a strategy group to prevent bikes being stolen, said her main advice was for cyclists to get a good lock, adding: “If you buy a cheap lock, you may as well tie a bow on a bike.”

She said another cycling hub in the city centre which was able to open later than 6.30pm, the closing time of the Lendal Bridge hub, would be beneficial.

She also encouraged people to have their bikes tagged under the city-wide Operation Spoke, saying an employee at Bike Rescue, Jamie Atkin, 21, had had his bike stolen – and later recovered – after having his cycle marked.

Action demanded to thwart thieves

ONE cyclist who knows how quickly bike thieves can strike says he believes more needs to be done to thwart them.

Michael Thompson, 26, of Wilberfoss, left his bike locked at a rack outside York Station last month, but when he returned, he found the lock had been broken and his cycle was gone.

British Transport Police checked CCTV footage of the area, but Michael said he had been told the crime happened out of the cameras’ sight.

By chance, he discovered his distinctive bright pink bike a month later, abandoned outside the Oxfam bookshop on Micklegate, but he said more needed to be done to thwart thieves.

“When I spoke to police, they said finding my bike would be like finding a needle in a haystack because so many are stolen,” he said.

“I think York is quite old-fashioned when it comes to bikes and bike safety. You pretty much leave your bike chained to a metal pole, but in other cities there are plenty of secure bike parks where you pay to leave your bike in a safe place.”

Police are reminding cyclists in York to register their bikes. Since being launched in January 2010, Operation Spoke has marked almost 10,000 bikes with a security number and registered them with the national register, Immobilise.

This can be done at the Bike Rescue Project or at regular Operation Spoke events held throughout the city.

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Keeping a tag on cycle thieves

YORK likes to pride itself on being a cycling city.

Unfortunately, it’s also in danger of getting a reputation as a city of cycle thieves.

Bike thefts have soared in the last year. On average, six bikes are now being stolen every day – more than double the level of a year ago. For every 14 bikes taken, only one is ever recovered.

Guildhall ward – ie the city centre – is the worst hot-spot, followed by Clifton, Micklegate and Heworth.

If there is any good news, it is that there is no evidence of organised gangs of cycle thieves at work. Police stress that many of the thefts are opportunist.

Which means that at least there is something we can do about it.

Police have a number of ongoing operations to tackle the increasing number of thefts.

But bike owners can and should be doing more to protect their property. Some bikes, after all, are very expensive machines.

It is not enough simply to lock your bike. If you use a cheap lock, says Bernie Cullen of Bike Rescue, you might as well have tied on a nice bow inviting a thief to steal your bike.

So use a good-quality lock to deter the opportunists – and make sure that your bike is tagged. That way, even if it does get stolen, at least there is a decent chance you’ll get it back.

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12:36pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Fred the Shred says...

People are trying to nick bikes, any bikes, until they find that pedalling pratt's one.
People are trying to nick bikes, any bikes, until they find that pedalling pratt's one. Fred the Shred
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12:45pm Fri 29 Jul 11

spiritofyork says...

Another reason not to cycle, and why York, depsite what people say, is NOT a cycling city.
Another reason not to cycle, and why York, depsite what people say, is NOT a cycling city. spiritofyork
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12:57pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

If theft keeps doubling, and assuming half the population has one, in five years time, there won't be any bicycles left in York. No riding on pavements, jumping red lights, fastened to railing and obstructing pavements...

Which'll be nice.
If theft keeps doubling, and assuming half the population has one, in five years time, there won't be any bicycles left in York. No riding on pavements, jumping red lights, fastened to railing and obstructing pavements... Which'll be nice. Ignatius Lumpopo
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1:10pm Fri 29 Jul 11

b17bomber says...

Im with you on this one, BLISS
Im with you on this one, BLISS b17bomber
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1:13pm Fri 29 Jul 11

b17bomber says...

Im with you on this one, BLISS
Im with you on this one, BLISS b17bomber
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1:14pm Fri 29 Jul 11

b17bomber says...

God why isnt this site letting me use the quote in my message, im quoting on Ignatius Lumpopo post
God why isnt this site letting me use the quote in my message, im quoting on Ignatius Lumpopo post b17bomber
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1:25pm Fri 29 Jul 11

spiritofyork says...

was there not an online petitiion kicking about a while back to the effect of removing bikes fom York due to some legal loophole or something?? Sure I saw it. Think it was some motorist action group or something. Anyone help?
BTW fellas, just because bikes get nicked doesn't mean they stay off teh street - just that they don't belong to the owner any more. Keep dreaming...
was there not an online petitiion kicking about a while back to the effect of removing bikes fom York due to some legal loophole or something?? Sure I saw it. Think it was some motorist action group or something. Anyone help? BTW fellas, just because bikes get nicked doesn't mean they stay off teh street - just that they don't belong to the owner any more. Keep dreaming... spiritofyork
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1:30pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Gail_Forswins says...

There seems to be a market for "spares" as well - a friend of mine had the brakes and cables stripped from his bike with the rest left intact as it was locked.
He has been given a quote of over £100 for his new brakes so there's obviously a nice grey industry in nicking to order spares.
There seems to be a market for "spares" as well - a friend of mine had the brakes and cables stripped from his bike with the rest left intact as it was locked. He has been given a quote of over £100 for his new brakes so there's obviously a nice grey industry in nicking to order spares. Gail_Forswins
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1:58pm Fri 29 Jul 11

hobo180 says...

how much for new brakes ???
how much for new brakes ??? hobo180
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2:12pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Bo diddly says...

I was unlocking my bike outside Barnitts, when about 6 lads came round the corner on their so called pushbikes... amazingly they bumped into a policeman who asked if all the cycles were theirs...." Errrrr Yeah" was the reply.. But to their dislike he checked them all. I wonder how many were actually theirs, as some of the lads had NO locks with them!!
I was unlocking my bike outside Barnitts, when about 6 lads came round the corner on their so called pushbikes... amazingly they bumped into a policeman who asked if all the cycles were theirs...." Errrrr Yeah" was the reply.. But to their dislike he checked them all. I wonder how many were actually theirs, as some of the lads had NO locks with them!! Bo diddly
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2:21pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Woody Mellor says...

It's obviously the school holidays judging by some of the above comments.
It's obviously the school holidays judging by some of the above comments. Woody Mellor
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3:02pm Fri 29 Jul 11

liberal24 says...

Use two locks!! Simple

Lock 1 - Put through the main Frame of the bike.

Lock 2 - put through the front wheel and main frame.

These arent "Gang Crinimals", there just punks who see a crappy lock, or even a bike which is not locked. -> your bike will not get nicked if you use two locks, at worst your saddle or mudguards will go.

The reason why the police cant retreive them is because it is probably in the river ouse, throusands of bikes get dumped after there nicked because there scared of gettin seen.

And to be honest we should be glad its bikes not cars or houses. In Manchester an average of 34 cars get stolen a day.

York has no car crime reports this month!!!!!


Understandbly York is one of the safest cities around,

So dont make it easy use TWO LOCK!



thats all i have to say on the matter.#
Use two locks!! Simple Lock 1 - Put through the main Frame of the bike. Lock 2 - put through the front wheel and main frame. These arent "Gang Crinimals", there just punks who see a crappy lock, or even a bike which is not locked. -> your bike will not get nicked if you use two locks, at worst your saddle or mudguards will go. The reason why the police cant retreive them is because it is probably in the river ouse, throusands of bikes get dumped after there nicked because there scared of gettin seen. And to be honest we should be glad its bikes not cars or houses. In Manchester an average of 34 cars get stolen a day. York has no car crime reports this month!!!!! Understandbly York is one of the safest cities around, So dont make it easy use TWO LOCK! thats all i have to say on the matter.# liberal24
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3:06pm Fri 29 Jul 11

liberal24 says...

@ Bo diddly - Trust me when i say this York is "safe" - having a bike nicked is bad. yes.


But having a Hooded Flat Peaked Gangsta Put a Loaded Pistol to your Face and tell you to get out of the car or hell shoot you.

York has Minor problems, but at least its just bikes, not cars or houses.
@ Bo diddly - Trust me when i say this York is "safe" - having a bike nicked is bad. yes. But having a Hooded Flat Peaked Gangsta Put a Loaded Pistol to your Face and tell you to get out of the car or hell shoot you. York has Minor problems, but at least its just bikes, not cars or houses. liberal24
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3:30pm Fri 29 Jul 11

TooRecked says...

To the people saying it will be bliss when all the bikes have been nicked - think about it.
It just means that instead of being ridden by their sensible owners they will be ridden by the sort of people who nick bikes or buy stolen bile so they won't give a monkeys about the law.
If anything it will be worse. Duh!
To the people saying it will be bliss when all the bikes have been nicked - think about it. It just means that instead of being ridden by their sensible owners they will be ridden by the sort of people who nick bikes or buy stolen bile so they won't give a monkeys about the law. If anything it will be worse. Duh! TooRecked
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3:35pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Mr Udigawa says...

Perhaps someones nicking them and selling them for scrap? or possibly just throwing them in the river?
Perhaps someones nicking them and selling them for scrap? or possibly just throwing them in the river? Mr Udigawa
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3:40pm Fri 29 Jul 11

liberal24 says...

York does not have a Gang Problem.

A couple of punch-ups maybe, youths trying to look like bad-men, maybe.

But when was the last Armed Bank Robbery in York. - Last Gang Shoot-out - Last Gang Killing - Armed car Robbery. - Armed House robbery - Even Stabbing!

Like I said before, if you think York is unsafe think again, York is one of the Safest Cities.

When you get Kids shooting each other because there wearing the wrong colour, or in the wrong neighbourhood, then you can say York has a Gang problem.

When you get cars Jacked with loaded Guns, you can say York is un-safe.

York has no gang-problem.
York does not have a Gang Problem. A couple of punch-ups maybe, youths trying to look like bad-men, maybe. But when was the last Armed Bank Robbery in York. - Last Gang Shoot-out - Last Gang Killing - Armed car Robbery. - Armed House robbery - Even Stabbing! Like I said before, if you think York is unsafe think again, York is one of the Safest Cities. When you get Kids shooting each other because there wearing the wrong colour, or in the wrong neighbourhood, then you can say York has a Gang problem. When you get cars Jacked with loaded Guns, you can say York is un-safe. York has no gang-problem. liberal24
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3:47pm Fri 29 Jul 11

idlehousewife says...

Better watch out pedalling paul!
Better watch out pedalling paul! idlehousewife
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4:14pm Fri 29 Jul 11

UsernameNotAvailable says...

It's not just using a decent lock, it's what you lock it to. At my old home I had a bike chained in the back overnight to a drainpipe, using a hefty motorcycle lock. The little ****s snapped the drainpipe and took both the pushiron and the lock! I didn't bother replacing the bike, this is why we can't have nice things.
It's not just using a decent lock, it's what you lock it to. At my old home I had a bike chained in the back overnight to a drainpipe, using a hefty motorcycle lock. The little ****s snapped the drainpipe and took both the pushiron and the lock! I didn't bother replacing the bike, this is why we can't have nice things. UsernameNotAvailable
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4:26pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Pete the Brickie says...



In January, police said they expected bike thefts in 2010/11 to reach 1,600 – up from 1,120 in 2009/10. But statistics released to The Press show the figure between May 2010 and 2011 actually hit 2,173.



Going by this statement we'd be better off employing the Pakistan cricket team to police York, they're far better at predicting spread bets than North Yorkshire Police. Hopefully they haven't put any of next years budget on at William Hills based their previous predictions, as they've blown it now. At least if they were a few under they could have gone out, nicked a few themselves and won the bet.



“When I spoke to police, they said finding my bike would be like finding a needle in a haystack because so many are stolen,” he said.



I'm not surprised the police haven't got time to find missing items of two wheeled personal transport if they are busy responding to calls about stolen haystacks with missing items of sewing equipment in them. Far be it for me to disagree with officer who made this statement as he obviously has experience in both crimes. But given the working at height regulations, the fact that police officers need to fill in a risk assesment before climbing into bed, and the typical height of a haystack stolen or otherwise which first has to be found and surrounded with crime tape before locating the needle. How on earth is that easier than finding stolen bikes?
[quote] In January, police said they expected bike thefts in 2010/11 to reach 1,600 – up from 1,120 in 2009/10. But statistics released to The Press show the figure between May 2010 and 2011 actually hit 2,173. [/quote] Going by this statement we'd be better off employing the Pakistan cricket team to police York, they're far better at predicting spread bets than North Yorkshire Police. Hopefully they haven't put any of next years budget on at William Hills based their previous predictions, as they've blown it now. At least if they were a few under they could have gone out, nicked a few themselves and won the bet. [quote] “When I spoke to police, they said finding my bike would be like finding a needle in a haystack because so many are stolen,” he said. [/quote] I'm not surprised the police haven't got time to find missing items of two wheeled personal transport if they are busy responding to calls about stolen haystacks with missing items of sewing equipment in them. Far be it for me to disagree with officer who made this statement as he obviously has experience in both crimes. But given the working at height regulations, the fact that police officers need to fill in a risk assesment before climbing into bed, and the typical height of a haystack stolen or otherwise which first has to be found and surrounded with crime tape before locating the needle. How on earth is that easier than finding stolen bikes? Pete the Brickie
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4:46pm Fri 29 Jul 11

liberal24 says...

@ Bo diddly - Trust me when i say this York is "safe" - having a bike nicked is bad. yes.


But having a Hooded Flat Peaked Gangsta Put a Loaded Pistol to your Face and tell you to get out of the car or hell shoot you.

York has Minor problems, but at least its just bikes, not cars or houses.”
@ Bo diddly - Trust me when i say this York is "safe" - having a bike nicked is bad. yes. But having a Hooded Flat Peaked Gangsta Put a Loaded Pistol to your Face and tell you to get out of the car or hell shoot you. York has Minor problems, but at least its just bikes, not cars or houses.” liberal24
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6:07pm Fri 29 Jul 11

brummiebob says...

I won't live in a house in case it get's burgled then, York isn't a living in houses city, get a grip pleeeeease!
I won't live in a house in case it get's burgled then, York isn't a living in houses city, get a grip pleeeeease! brummiebob
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6:14pm Fri 29 Jul 11

brummiebob says...

Can I suggest the police get hold of a few SPYLAMP GPS trackers, fit them to bikes, let them get nicked and track down the thieves
Can I suggest the police get hold of a few SPYLAMP GPS trackers, fit them to bikes, let them get nicked and track down the thieves brummiebob
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6:30pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Bike locks are totally ineffective as thieves can just lift up the bike and walk off with it.

What's needed is a SatNav tracker fitted so you can trace the bikes whereabouts.
Bike locks are totally ineffective as thieves can just lift up the bike and walk off with it. What's needed is a SatNav tracker fitted so you can trace the bikes whereabouts. Garrowby Turnoff
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7:36pm Fri 29 Jul 11

liberal24 says...

Er thats why you lock you to bike something, i dont know -> Like a BIKE RAIL! cheese dips**T!

whats wrong with people!
use two locks and it wont get nicked and obviously chain it to something!¬
Er thats why you lock you to bike something, i dont know -> Like a BIKE RAIL! cheese dips**T! whats wrong with people! use two locks and it wont get nicked and obviously chain it to something!¬ liberal24
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7:39pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Guy Fawkes says...

What irritates me about this story is the assumption that it is the sole responsibility of the citizen to prevent crimes being committed against them: 'use two bike locks', 'don't use a cheap bike lock' etc. When the police spokesman said 'We encourage people to help themselves', this translates as '...because you sure as hell won't get any from us.'

Reasonable precautions, yes. Of course you shouldn't leave your property totally unsecured. But neither should you have to put up with the cost and inconvenience of Fort Knox-style security, either. Part of the reason I give 40% of my wages to George Osborne is to employ a police force to catch criminals. If they can't catch robbers, perhaps they should spend rather less time nicking people for putting their bin out on the wrong day and other PC, victimless crimes, and more of it catching real criminals.

But if we are going to have to 'help ourselves', then make it legal for us to do so in a way that'll really work, i.e. exacting whatever retribution we like against criminals without fear of prosecution ourselves.
What irritates me about this story is the assumption that it is the sole responsibility of the citizen to prevent crimes being committed against them: 'use two bike locks', 'don't use a cheap bike lock' etc. When the police spokesman said 'We encourage people to help themselves', this translates as '...because you sure as hell won't get any from us.' Reasonable precautions, yes. Of course you shouldn't leave your property totally unsecured. But neither should you have to put up with the cost and inconvenience of Fort Knox-style security, either. Part of the reason I give 40% of my wages to George Osborne is to employ a police force to catch criminals. If they can't catch robbers, perhaps they should spend rather less time nicking people for putting their bin out on the wrong day and other PC, victimless crimes, and more of it catching real criminals. But if we are going to have to 'help ourselves', then make it legal for us to do so in a way that'll really work, i.e. exacting whatever retribution we like against criminals without fear of prosecution ourselves. Guy Fawkes
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8:39pm Fri 29 Jul 11

fruitloop says...

I thought police and safer neighbourhood York had spent thousands of pounds on operation spoke last year which was supposed to of tagged bikes in York obviously not a very well thought up operation as its not stopping the bikes getting pinched in the first place is it why not spend money on the prevention of the crime not solving it afterwards.
I thought police and safer neighbourhood York had spent thousands of pounds on operation spoke last year which was supposed to of tagged bikes in York obviously not a very well thought up operation as its not stopping the bikes getting pinched in the first place is it why not spend money on the prevention of the crime not solving it afterwards. fruitloop
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10:22pm Fri 29 Jul 11

AnotherPointofView says...

The title of this article is "Number of bike thefts in York doubles". The number of thefts is over 2,000 a year. This is roughly 5.5 per day.
How come in 2007 the Press ran this article: http://www.yorkpress
.co.uk/news/1640760.
New_drive_to_crack_d
own_on_bike_theft_/
This reported that 5 per day were being stolen. That's not double. Whilst any increase in crime is bad, let's keep things in perspective.
The title of this article is "Number of bike thefts in York doubles". The number of thefts is over 2,000 a year. This is roughly 5.5 per day. How come in 2007 the Press ran this article: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/1640760. New_drive_to_crack_d own_on_bike_theft_/ This reported that 5 per day were being stolen. That's not double. Whilst any increase in crime is bad, let's keep things in perspective. AnotherPointofView
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10:47pm Fri 29 Jul 11

piaggio says...

there again!! i could think of a few that need nikin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

where is the peddalin pillock anyway??
there again!! i could think of a few that need nikin!!!!!!!!!!!!! where is the peddalin pillock anyway?? piaggio
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11:05pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Pete the Brickie says...



AnotherPointofView , York says...
10:22pm Fri 29 Jul 11

The title of this article is "Number of bike thefts in York doubles". The number of thefts is over 2,000 a year. This is roughly 5.5 per day.
How come in 2007 the Press ran this article:

That's not double. Whilst any increase in crime is bad, let's keep things in perspective.



Not too long after that York University had a new security centre built with improved cctv which eliminated a large number of cycle thefts there. The police then put an article in the press claiming credit for halving cycle thefts in York and virtually stopping it at the Uni. I commented at the time how the uni wasted all that money on the security centre when all along the police could have stopped the thefts for free. Laterly of course the thefts have increased as the totally unorganised oppertunist thieves equipped with heavy duty bolt croppers and dewalt angle grinders moved elsewhere unopposed by the police.
[Quote] AnotherPointofView , York says... 10:22pm Fri 29 Jul 11 The title of this article is "Number of bike thefts in York doubles". The number of thefts is over 2,000 a year. This is roughly 5.5 per day. How come in 2007 the Press ran this article: That's not double. Whilst any increase in crime is bad, let's keep things in perspective. [/quote] Not too long after that York University had a new security centre built with improved cctv which eliminated a large number of cycle thefts there. The police then put an article in the press claiming credit for halving cycle thefts in York and virtually stopping it at the Uni. I commented at the time how the uni wasted all that money on the security centre when all along the police could have stopped the thefts for free. Laterly of course the thefts have increased as the totally unorganised oppertunist thieves equipped with heavy duty bolt croppers and dewalt angle grinders moved elsewhere unopposed by the police. Pete the Brickie
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8:49am Sat 30 Jul 11

pedalling paul says...

www.bikebiz.com/news
/read/gps-bicycle-tr
acker-launches/01030
1 for info about the spylamp GPS tracker which masquerades as a working back light.

I use three different patterns of lock on my utility bike.

York bobbies have a no. of sting bikes fitted with a different style of GPS tracker, as several thieves have already discovered to their cost.
www.bikebiz.com/news /read/gps-bicycle-tr acker-launches/01030 1 for info about the spylamp GPS tracker which masquerades as a working back light. I use three different patterns of lock on my utility bike. York bobbies have a no. of sting bikes fitted with a different style of GPS tracker, as several thieves have already discovered to their cost. pedalling paul
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8:54am Sat 30 Jul 11

DYLANESQ says...

More than likely this is an organized theft ring which has a storage and transportation system. I've heard of transport trucks taking bikes to other cities where they are sold. In one Toronto case a downtown secondhand shop had a warehouse, behind the storefront, full of stolen bicycles.Someone, somewhere has seen this organised operation in practice and all that is required is a public appeal with a reward to break into the system and arrest those responsible. Other suggestions would be that police have CCTV cameras on popular bike lockup sites.
More than likely this is an organized theft ring which has a storage and transportation system. I've heard of transport trucks taking bikes to other cities where they are sold. In one Toronto case a downtown secondhand shop had a warehouse, behind the storefront, full of stolen bicycles.Someone, somewhere has seen this organised operation in practice and all that is required is a public appeal with a reward to break into the system and arrest those responsible. Other suggestions would be that police have CCTV cameras on popular bike lockup sites. DYLANESQ
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9:44am Sat 30 Jul 11

Digeorge says...

No wonder Pedalling_Paul doesn't have his bike knicked because he is sensible - having three locks! Wow!

Well, I suppose it is Summer, the kids are growing, need another bike, can't afford it, claim on insurance, can't afford a lock so go an knick one instead that looks the right size etc etc.

Somebody can come an knick my two with great pleasure as I would like a new one too!

Maybe I will just leave it outside my house and somebody will come and take it like a neighbour has done or leave the garage door open (which somebody has done)!
No wonder Pedalling_Paul doesn't have his bike knicked because he is sensible - having three locks! Wow! Well, I suppose it is Summer, the kids are growing, need another bike, can't afford it, claim on insurance, can't afford a lock so go an knick one instead that looks the right size etc etc. Somebody can come an knick my two with great pleasure as I would like a new one too! Maybe I will just leave it outside my house and somebody will come and take it like a neighbour has done or leave the garage door open (which somebody has done)! Digeorge
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10:07pm Sun 31 Jul 11

allthingsconsidered says...

This absolutely is 'gang related'.These young adult males who are neither at school or work are spending their days practicing the discipline of career criminal,taught to them by the older boys in their areas.You can see them scouring town going from bike rack to bike rack like a pack of wolves on any given day and over the years that i've lived here it is becoming more evident.
This absolutely is 'gang related'.These young adult males who are neither at school or work are spending their days practicing the discipline of career criminal,taught to them by the older boys in their areas.You can see them scouring town going from bike rack to bike rack like a pack of wolves on any given day and over the years that i've lived here it is becoming more evident. allthingsconsidered
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2:09am Mon 1 Aug 11

Magicman! says...

As if this city isn't bad enough to cycle in with the very poor old-fashioned attitudes of certain people, motorists who feel they own all of the road despite cyclists actually contributing to the funding of roads (through a thing called Council Tax - there's no such thingas 'road tax'), constant whingeing to The Press about how cyclistst do this/that/the other blah de blah de blah... and now cycle thefts are on the up.

Hmmm... maybe it's the anti-bike brigade (possibly led by Mike Usherwood) going round nicking all the bikes and dumping them!!
As if this city isn't bad enough to cycle in with the very poor old-fashioned attitudes of certain people, motorists who feel they own all of the road despite cyclists actually contributing to the funding of roads (through a thing called Council Tax - there's no such thingas 'road tax'), constant whingeing to The Press about how cyclistst do this/that/the other blah de blah de blah... and now cycle thefts are on the up. Hmmm... maybe it's the anti-bike brigade (possibly led by Mike Usherwood) going round nicking all the bikes and dumping them!! Magicman!
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5:07pm Mon 1 Aug 11

Markiet says...

I've managed to twice leave mine at the station on the platform racks, and leave my helmet hanging on the handlebars by mistake, whiles taking lights and speedo! ooops!

And I do pay tax, i drive my car twice a day mon-fri!!
I've managed to twice leave mine at the station on the platform racks, and leave my helmet hanging on the handlebars by mistake, whiles taking lights and speedo! ooops! And I do pay tax, i drive my car twice a day mon-fri!! Markiet
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12:24pm Tue 2 Aug 11

hula says...

Fred the Shred , York says...
12:36pm Fri 29 Jul 11

"People are trying to nick bikes, any bikes, until they find that pedalling pratt's one.”
Yes perhaps the thieves are stealing as many bikes as possible hoping one day they might hit lucky and the peddaling pratts bike might be one of them!!
Fred the Shred , York says... 12:36pm Fri 29 Jul 11 "People are trying to nick bikes, any bikes, until they find that pedalling pratt's one.” Yes perhaps the thieves are stealing as many bikes as possible hoping one day they might hit lucky and the peddaling pratts bike might be one of them!! hula
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