London Woman Reunited With Stolen Bike After BikeRegister Check13 Mar 2014
A London woman has been reunited with her stolen bike after police stopped a man for riding it on the pavement 13 miles away, with a check on the frame number revealing that it had been recorded as stolen on the BikeRegister database.
When Acting Police Sergeant Scott Manning and his colleagues saw a man and his brother riding their bikes on the pavement in Bethnal Green Road, E2, they had no hesitation in stopping them for anti-social behaviour.
As PC Tom Newell looked over the bike, a quick check on the frame number on the UK’s national cycle database BikeRegister found it had previously been reported stolen from Hounslow. The 19 year-old man riding it was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
The bike has since been restored to its grateful owner who thanked officers for their hard work. Often, when police recover stolen bikes, they are unable to give them back to the lawful owner because the crime has not been reported or there is no record of the frame number.
APS Scott Manning said: “It shows the value of recording frame numbers and taking some basic crime prevention advice to help you get your bike back in these cases.”
The Met have marked and registered 40,000 bikes on the Bike Register database in the last 12 months.
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