BikeRegister Reaches 750,000 Registration Milestone1 May 2018
:: Registrations expected to accelerate with Point of Sale sign-ups
:: All UK Police forces use BikeRegister to identify recovered bikes
BikeRegister, the UK’s national cycle database, has just reached the significant milestone of more than 750,000 bikes registered to bikeregister.com
There were approximately 285,000 cycle theft incidents in 2017, according to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales, as thieves believe that bicycle theft is a low-risk, high reward crime.
To help counter these high figures, BikeRegister is being used by every UK police force to check for stolen bikes and is also used by retailers and members of the public to protect their bikes and deter theft.
BikeRegister is London’s official cycle database, used by Transport for London, City of London Police, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police; and is supported by industry partners including British Cycling and Cyclescheme, which has helped register more than 175,000 bikes to the database through its Cycle to Work scheme.
Owned and maintained by security company Selectamark, BikeRegister reports a significant increase in online registrations over the past year, and a continuation of the many bike registration and marking events that take place across the UK on a daily basis organised by police, local authorities, universities, train operating companies and cycle clubs.
It is free to register a bike (or bikes) on BikeRegister and takes just a few minutes to do. There is an option at point of registration to increase protection by purchasing a visible or covert bike marking kit.
Not only does BikeRegister help reduce instances of cycle theft, but it also enables hundreds of cyclists to be reunited with their bikes after they have been stolen. With around 800 searches being made on the database every day, a bike is being recovered to its owners on a daily basis (on average).
BikeRegister also provides protection for buyers and sellers of second-hand bikes, who can check a frame number on the onsite BikeChecker facility to confirm it hasn’t been reported stolen.
James Brown, BikeRegister MD, said: “We are constantly seeking new ways to improve our service and particularly want to encourage all retailers to adopt Point of Sale marking and registration of bikes as a vital way to help tackle cycle theft. Retailers can do this easily and we have the infrastructure in place to help them implement the service without disruption to their business.”
In other innovative work, BikeRegister recently helped police break up a major cycle crime ring in York, which led to jail sentences for all those involved. In 2015, BikeRegister launched the National Cycle Crime Conference, which is now held annually and is the only national security event focusing on cycle crime. Last year (2017), it launched the BikeRegister App for police which allows them instant access to stolen bike data so that they can solve bike crime on the spot.
James Brown concluded: “We are extremely proud of achieving this fantastic registration milestone and are on track to hit a million in the coming year. We would like to thank all of our police and industry partners who continue to support us.”
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