There were 15 bikes stolen from near Crewe Station in Cheshire East during 2020, analysis of crime data can reveal.
This was more than any other location in Cheshire.
Near Asda Crewe superstore’s parking area, there were 12 such crimes.
Another hotspot for stolen bikes was in Warrington, around Regent Street near the Boots store, with nine thefts.
Overall, there were 1,125 bike thefts across Cheshire in 2020 – slightly more than one for every 1,000 people living in the county, which was similar to the national average.
You can see how your local area compares by using our interactive gadget.
Simply type in your postcode to see how many bike thefts took place in the area in the past 12 months, as well as how that compared to the year before.
It is worth noting that the number of crimes in 2020 has been affected by lockdown measures.
Across England and Wales, there were 74,572 bike thefts last year, which was slightly more than one case for every 1,000 people.
Hackney in London was the area with the highest number of bikes stolen, 2,308 (eight for every 1,000 people), while Cambridge had the highest rate at 15 for every 1,000 residents (1,897 cases).
The precise locations of bike thefts have not been disclosed by police to protect the identities of victims.
The markers in the gadget represent the vicinity in which a bike theft took place.
Inspector Andy Smith from Crewe Local Policing Unit said: “Unfortunately, bicycles can often be seen as an easy target by criminals, particularly when left outside busy train stations and shopping centres.
“While we are committed to doing all that we can to identify those responsible for such thefts, it’s also important bicycle owners think about what they can do to keep their bike secure.
“There are various ways people can protect them from being stolen, such as ensuring its kept secure and locked at all times.
“Bike marking kits are also an excellent way to make it difficult for thieves to sell the bikes on, enabling officers to identify the owners of the stolen property so it can be easily returned.
“Seeing a bike with property marking will make it a less attractive target for thieves.”
Cheshire Police advised the simple security checks below to help keep your property safe.
- Store your bicycle securely at home in a garage or shed or bring it inside your property. Lock or chain bicycles together or to something fixed or bulky as this reduces the ability for them to be stolen.
- Secure your bike including frame and wheels to a fixed immovable object such as a bike rack or lamp post using a good quality bicycle lock.
- Property mark your bicycle(s) frames using an ultraviolet pen or other form of property marking, to enable it to be returned to you should it be stolen and recovered.
- Always lock the building where the bicycle is stored using a good quality lock that can be bolted to the door and frame. Use disc lock padlocks which have a less exposed shackle and are less prone to attack.
- Park your bicycle in a safe, well-lit place. Always lock your bike when leaving it, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
- Keep a note of the make, model and serial number and if possible take a photograph.
Anyone who may have any information about bikes being stolen should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via the website.
Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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