Community action on bicycle theft – bike shop insight
We asked 10 London bike shops to tell us what they think community action can do to tackle bicycle theft. Shops including Seabass Cycles and Hackney Peddler.
What can the UK government and private companies do?
“The government and police can take bike theft more seriously. I think they’re doing better with the bike marking, but that’s not necessarily prevention…”
Are stolen bikes ever recovered? Interview
Are stolen bikes ever recovered? We share one @StolenRide success story, full interview with the bike theft victim and the hero who located the stolen bike.
My bike has been stolen, what should I do?
Do tweet @StolenRide the details of the bike, including a photo and location (postcode in London, but not your exact home postcode). The community will quickly share the details around thousands of fellow cyclists in London who will search for your bike on the streets and online.
Does @StolenRide work?
Yes! Considering how large London is we are constantly delighted by the success Stolen Ride receives. Not every bike is recovered, but all retweets create awareness of this huge issue we have in London. The community has even spotted stolen London bikes as far away as Spain and Moldova.
The SR network is strong and actively followed by a loyal network of London cyclists, bike shops, industry influencers and even some well known celebrities.
The larger the community gets in London, the more powerful it will become.
How many bikes are stolen in London?
Do you offer the Stolen Ride service outside London?
@StolenRide is run by London cyclists, for London cyclists. We believe in a focused mission and have no immediate plans to cover outside London.
Our plan is to expand our service in London and move into bicycle theft prevention in 2017.
I have spotted one of the stolen bikes on the @StolenRide feed, what should I do?
Fantastic! Tweet the owner and then follow up on DM with the full details of the sighting, they can then work with the police to recover the bike.
I'm not on Twitter and do not want to join, can SR still spread the news about my stolen bike?
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