City of London Police put the Brakes on Cycle Theft

Author: City of London Police


Cycle thefts in the City of London have reached a four-year low. There were 245 cycle thefts reported from 1 January to 22 December 2021, almost half the number reported during the whole of 2020 (438).

Officers from the City of London Police have been working throughout the year to keep members of the public and their belongings safe. They have carried out 50 bike marking events across the City, giving out bike locks and providing bike registration/marking services to almost 900 people. Not only does marking your bike act as a deterrent to thieves, you will also have a greater chance of it being returned to you if it’s stolen and then later found.

Officers arrested 31 suspected bike thieves in the City of London in 2021, leading to the recovery of more than 30 stolen bikes, a number of which were returned to their owners. They also seized equipment, such as bolt cutters and angle grinders.

How to keep your bike safe

  • Register it: get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister or Immobilise. It’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves.
  • Record it: remember to record details of your bike, such as the frame number, the BikeRegister number, plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
  • Secure it: use two good quality locks, including one D-lock, and make sure you lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.
  • Park secure: lock your bike at recognised, secure cycle parking stands. It should be well-lit and covered by CCTV

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