Bike Returned To Owner - Even Though It Hadn’t Been Reported Stolen19 Apr 2016
A man whose Raleigh Mountain bike was stolen from his home on a canal boat in Bath was surprised to have it returned to him, as he hadn’t even reported the crime to the police.
Nicholas Phillips had locked the bike securely on his boat one evening before going to sleep. He woke the next morning to find it had been taken. The bike was recovered by police three weeks later and about seven miles from where it was stolen.
Nicholas had originally purchased the bike from a second-hand bike shop and didn’t have much hope that he would get it back when it was stolen. For that reason, he didn’t report the incident to police.
An officer from British Transport Police (BTP) Bath Spa recovered the bike, which was traceable back to Nicholas only due to the fact that it had been marked and registered to him on BikeRegister, the national cycle database, at one of the many BTP bike marking events that take place locally.
PC James Lucas of BTP said: “When I marked the bike in 2015 Mr Phillips was really happy to have his bike marked, and of having the reassurance that if his bike was stolen we would do our best to get it back to him.”
He continued: “Bikeregister is a great tool and has proven today that if you steal a bike it is traceable. Without BikeRegister there is no way Mr Phillips would have not got his bike back, as we would have had no way of knowing who it belonged to.”
“Having police access to the website and the owner’s details 24/7 is brilliant. It means we can quickly inform BikeRegister and the owner that the bike has been found."
During the three weeks that Nicholas’s bike was missing, he purchased a new one and got that one marked and registered to BikeRegister too.
Nicholas has since decided to donate his old bike to Julian House, a homeless project in Bath which has close links with British Transport Police.
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