Campaigning brings London anti-theft cycle squad successes

photo TfL Three officers from the new bike theft squad, designed to address the stolen bike problem

LCC lobbying has helped create a 30-strong anti-theft squad specifically to tackle bicycle crime in Greater London.

One of the key demands of LCC’s Beat The Thief campaign, which has been running since May this year, is a dedicated anti-theft squad.

Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police announced the creation of the squad on Sunday 6 June 2010, which coincided with the publication of the mayor’s draft Cycle Security Action Plan.

LCC is responding to the draft, reiterating our eight demands to reduce theft in the capital.

The plan already refers to tackling several problems identified by LCC and its members such as the issue of why so many stolen bikes are being sold online.

LCC is also in discussions with Gumtree’s Safety Team, with a view to reducing the number of stolen bikes sold via their website. eBay has yet to join in with discusssions.

Contact has also been made with the police with a view to persuading Safer Neighbourhood police squads to take a firmer line on illegal trading at street markets.