Over 50 arrests were made last week as a result of increased activity to crackdown on cycle theft in the Capital.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) Roads and Transport Policing Command in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), stepped up their activity last week, using a range of tactics to crack down on cycle thieves.
Over a thousand officers were involved in the operation, which saw nearly 900 bicycles security marked and registered on BikeRegister.com – the MPS preferred database. Other tactics included engaging with cyclists, high-visibility patrols, surveillance, intelligence-led operations and covert policing tactics.
This activity comes as a man who was convicted for his involvement in the handling of 46 Brompton bicycles had £5,930 forfeited at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, 12 September as a result of a Proceeds of Crime investigation.
Thomas Cunningham was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, 14 February to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, fined £10,000, ordered to pay £560 compensation each and carry out 100 hours community service.
Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “The increased policing activity carried out by the MPS, British Transport and City of London Police in partnership with TfL to crack down on cycle theft in the city, has seen some excellent results.
“Our sustained approach means we continually take action against cycle thieves to curtail their criminal activity and bring them to justice.
“We urge all bike owners in London to take a few simple steps and help us ‘Lock Thieves Out’ – use decent locks of gold ‘sold secure standard’ and deter thieves by having your bicycle visibly security marked and registered on Bikeregister.com.”
Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Deputy Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: “Tackling cycle theft is really important for us at TfL in achieving the Mayor’s ambition to get more people cycling – and we, alongside our policing partners, are committed to improving cycle security in the capital.
“But we can’t do it alone – we need London’s cyclists to help us reduce the demand for stolen bikes. If you’re buying a second hand bike, ask the seller why they are selling, check frame and registration numbers with BikeRegister.com to see if it’s been reported stolen, and, if buying online, insist on genuine photos.
“Ultimately, if it feels suspicious it probably is, so walk away from the sale – don’t you put yourself at risk of receiving stolen goods, and don’t reward cycle thieves by giving them your hard earned money.”