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Protect yourself from bike thieves this summer

We're urging people to think cycle security this summer in light of a recent operation in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Although the number of reported bike thefts fell consistently between 2009 and 2013 from 2,959 to 2,273 - a 23% decrease - last year there was a small increase of over 100. On average, more than 2,000 bikes are stolen in the Bristol area every year.

seized stolen bikes in front of police van
Some suspected stolen bikes seized from one of the six warrants carried out as part of Operation Talisman

There are lots of ways of securing and protecting your bike but the top three things you can do are:

  • Use a decent D Lock – instead of a cable lock or combination lock
  • Always secure to a proper stand or immovable object wherever you are
  • Make a record of your serial number just in case the worst happens, that way we can identify your bike if it is recovered.

If you are a regular and keen cyclist who uses a tracking app and you share things on social media, be careful also not to give away the location of where you keep your bike.

We are issuing crime prevention advice around bike security as part of our 'Do one thing' summer campaign to encourage people to take simple measures to help in preventing crime. Advice on preventing burglary and tackling anti-social behaviour is also available here.

Operation Talisman

This week five people were arrested and more than £50,000 worth of suspected stolen bikes were seized as part of Operation Talisman. The operation targeted an organised crime group which was specialising in bike theft on a large scale. 

Acting Detective Inspector Mark Langdon, who led the operation, said: “We are working hard to tackle the problem of cycle theft.

“After Bristol became a Cycling City in 2008, the number of people taking to using bikes has increased, which is a positive thing, but we need people to be cycle security aware and help us to do everything we can to prevent bike thefts.

“We also need the public in general not to buy bikes or any goods if they don’t know where they have come from, as this can fuel the market for stolen goods.”