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10 Oct 2023

Flexi Voucher lets customers spread tax-free shopping over the year

6 Oct 2023

gogeta, the new tax-free cycling platform that offers a much fairer deal for independent bike retailers, has had more than 150 retailers sign up since its launch. gogeta, which is the only cycle...

4 Oct 2023

Shop owners have called on the Home Secretary to specifically outlaw attacks on retail workers.

4 Oct 2023

From the start of October, bans and restrictions on single-use plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups and food containers, single-use balloon sticks and certain types of polystyrene cups and...

2 Oct 2023

A new survey conducted to coincide with Cycle to School Week has revealed that more than a third of children are put off riding a bike because the roads are too busy. 28% said that...

2 Oct 2023

Simon Storey, of The Bicycle Bus has been presented with the Green Award at the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Make a Difference Awards.

2 Oct 2023

A new report has indicated a total year on year fall of 8% in the UK bicycle market, with both mechanical and electric bikes affected. Sales of the latter were especially impacted and lagging...

20 Sep 2023

ACT members will benefit from a long term discounted commission of just 3%

18 Sep 2023

New statistics showing a 5% fall in cycling from last year should be a “wake-up call for the government” and are due to the Government's "flawed" decision to slash the...

18 Sep 2023

The government’s Active Lives Survey has revealed that, in 2022, Cambridge (50%), Oxford (35%), Isles of Scilly (30%), Hackney (28%), and Southwark (25%) were the five local authorities in...

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Nearly 90% of bike thefts unresolved in last three years

Posted on in Cycles News , Outdoor News

An investigation by the Daily Telegraph has found that, in the almost 24,000 neighbourhoods where there has been at least one bike theft since June 2019, 87 of cases have been closed without a suspect being identified or charged.

The investigation also suggested that the national average for a suspect being identified and charged was just 1.4% in 2020, down from 2.8% in 2016. Some 4,000 bicycles were reported stolen in Cambridge in a typical year — with many more thefts going unreported — making it the UK's bike theft capital when considering how many bikes are stolen per head of population.

Local cycle campaign group Camcycle estimated theft of bicycles – the most reported crime in the city – cost residents more than £1.5 million.

According to the investigation, 98.8% of 1,992 bike thefts in central Cambridge over the past three years had gone unsolved, while in Borough & Southwark Street, in London, there had been 591 unsolved thefts out of 603 reported (98%).

The neighbourhood of North Laine and the Lanes, in Brighton, had 400 unsolved thefts, Petersfield in Cambridgeshire had 296, Hammersmith Broadway had 193, Central Islington had 168 and Richmond Central 165.

When the analysis was extended to larger districts, housing 7,000 to 10,000 residents, 70% of areas with at least one bike theft had not seen a single case solved between June 2019 and May 2022.

As reported in Road.cc, the investigation followed shortly after research by cycling insurer Bikmo hat reported bike thefts had fallen for the fifth year in a row, with a 10% year-on-year decline in 2021 alone.

That research was in line with early-year figures from 40 UK police forces, published in February, which showed a fall in bike theft by 11.5 per cent in England, Wales and Northern Ireland compared to in 2020.

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