City of London Police Recover Doctors’ Bikes8 Feb 2021
With more and more people opting to cycle into the City for work during the coronavirus pandemic, City of London Police has seen an unprecedented rise in bicycle thefts.
PCSO Scott Green said: “In response to the rise, the force has been implementing specific tactics to effectively identify and catch these criminals.
“Since the start of this operation there has been an 84% reduction in bike theft in the City of London and a number of arrests have been made.”
On Wednesday 4th November 2020, following the theft of a cycle in the City of London, police recovered a large number of bikes and scooters estimated to be worth £80,000, with some individual bikes worth £7,500. The majority of the bikes were stolen in burglaries and outdoor thefts in the east London area.
So far 22 bikes have been returned to their owners. Three of these were quickly identified and returned as they were on the BikeRegister database.
“What was really nice about the recoveries is that one of the victims was a doctor and the other was a junior doctor from the Royal London hospital” said PCSO Green.
After trawling through hundreds of crime reports the other owners were identified. Before being returned, the unmarked bikes were marked and registered to BikeRegister and owners were given a Gold standard D-lock.
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