70 arrests in one week as police crack down on cycle theft across Greater London

More than 70 arrests were made last week as a result of increased activity as part of Project Cycle Ops, a partnership between Transport for London, the police and cycling groups to tackle cycle theft from public places.

Officers from the TfL-funded Metropolitan Police Service Safer Transport Command, British Transport Police and City of London Police used a range of tactics to arrest thieves.

In total, more than 50 bikes were seized, which officers are now trying to identify whether they are stolen and find their rightful owners.

11 of the bikes seized were Bromptons, recovered after a search at an address in Harrow, following intelligence into the sale of stolen bikes online.

So far, 13 bikes, including four of these have been identified as being stolen and will be returned to their owners.

In the last week, more than 1400 cyclists have had their bike security marked and registered on bikeregister.com for free using BikeRegister, the police's preferred cycle registration database and the main search tool used by the police to reunite stolen bikes to their owner.

Registering details of your bike helps the police and retailers identify and verify the legitimate owner of bikes that have been stolen or are being resold. Over 48,000 bikes have been marked and registered onto BikeRegister by the police since June 2010.

Poject Cycle Ops is an on-going partnership initiative involving hundreds of officers to tackle cycle theft using patrols, surveillance, intelligence-led operations and covert policing tactics.

A police spokesperson said, "While operations like these send a clear message that bike theft isn't tolerated in the Capital, all cyclists are urged to register their bikes online for free to help us identify and recover them if stolen or resold."

Thanks to ISpeakBike for the photo.