Thieves think cycle theft is a low-risk, high-reward crime. Follow these tips to lock thieves out and ensure your bike remains safe and secure and that you are protected when buying a second hand bike.
For thefts from railway stations, please contact the British Transport Police on 101.
Buying a second hand bicycle is a great way to grab yourself a bargain, however before handing over any cash, think about whether you are being sold a stolen bike. If you buy a stolen bike, not only could you have the bike seized - meaning you lose the money you paid for the bike, but you could be prosecuted by the Police for handling stolen goods.
We are working to create an environment where all cyclists and potential cyclists feel safe and secure to enjoy cycling. This includes investigating and tackling organised bicycle theft and disrupting the market and trade in stolen and second hand bikes and parts.
So before you buy a second hand bike, please consider the following:
If you suspect you are being sold a stolen bike, do not go through with the purchase. To report being sold a stolen bike fill in the Report a Crime or Incident form or call 101.
As part of our move to improve cycle security, we regularly set up engagement stalls with our Neighbourhood policing Teams offering security marking and registration and advice on locking your bike securely. Security marking your bike deters potential thieves as your bike can be easily traced if it is stolen.