London stolen bike map

Have you ever wondered how many bikes are stolen in your neighbourhood?

Our map contains every bicycle theft reported to the Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police in 2017.

The stolen bike map contains more than 21,000 cycle theft reports. The ‘Crime Survey for England & Wales’ suggests that only one in four thefts are reported to the police.

Items to note:

  • The data was sourced from the Met and City of London police on 04/04/2018 and is static (the crime status may change). It includes just the crimes listed under the category of ‘bicycle theft’. A limitation of police data is that if a bike is stolen during (or as part of) another more serious crime, such as a burglary, then it will not be recorded under the category of ‘bicycle theft’ (unless the bicycle was the focus and the only item stolen). So this partially hides the true number of ‘reported stolen bikes’ from the public eye.
  • The police state the following about the location – “The latitude and longitude locations of Crime and ASB incidents published – always represent the approximate location of a crime — not the exact place that it happened.”
  • The police data had 311 records with a missing location, so these will not be displayed on the map
  • City of London police – October and November 2017 bicycle theft reports are currently missing from the published data (due to a change in their IT system). The force is aiming to provide the missing data (likely to be under 60 theft report records) in the coming months. 
  • British Transport Police data is not included on the map; due to a change in their crime recording system their available data only goes upto January 2016 – so not currently 2017. If this data was available you would see far more dots on London’s train stations.

See a breakdown of the crime statistics for the Met police.

 

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