Immobilise bicycle theft

High Gate Safer Neighbourhood Team

Highgate Safer Neighbourhood team

Officers from Highgate Safer Neighbourhoods Team have been helping people to register their bicycles on after eighteen bicycles worth an estimated  £13,000 were reported stolen in the ward.

Where to register your bike allows you to create a free private and secure portfolio of all your personal property.If it is then lost or stolen you can use to tell law enforcement agencies, your insurer, and the second-hand trade to assist in recovering your property and catch criminals.

Police presence

Officers are also carrying out covert and overt patrols and 'decoy bikes', to see if they can catch criminals red handed. While carrying out their patrols, the team found an unlocked bike on the street. They took it into police possession and awaited contact from the owner.

No one came forward to report the loss or suspicion of the bike being stolen, so the team had to make a number of enquiries to then identify the owner and return their bike.

It turned out that the owner had not locked it and when they found it missing hadn't reported it as they felt it was their own fault. Officers have arrested two men on suspicion of handling stolen goods as a result of proactive police work.
Sergeant Leon Christodoulou, Highgate Safer Neighbourhoods team said:

"We've been going door to door to offer crime prevention advice on car and bike security and register people's property on immobilise. We are happy for anyone that owns a bike to contact us on 020 8721 2673 and we will arrange to register the bike on for them at no cost."

Police are urging cyclists to follow some simple guidance around securing their bicycles, to help prevent theft:

  • Record and register your bike including your bicycle model, make and frame number free on the property register.
  • Take a clear colour photograph of your bike and make a written record of its description, including any unique features.
  • Invest in quality locks and use them. Look for the 'secured by design' quality mark. As a general guide look to spend about a tenth of the value of your bike on locks to secure it. (ie: secure a £1000 bike with £100 worth of locks).
  • Secure removable parts. Lock both wheels and the frame together. Take smaller parts and accessories with you, for example, lights, pumps and quick-release saddles.
  • Secure your bike to an immovable object. Consider installing a floor or wall mounted anchor lock for extra security at home. Remember that thieves can remove drainpipes and lift bikes off signposts.
  • Always lock your bicycle, even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes.
  • Secure your bike in well-lit, busy areas where any potential thief would be easily seen.
  • Park your bike safely and considerately, where it will not cause a danger or obstruction to others - particularly the elderly or the very young, or people with a disability.
This story and photograph have kindly been provided by London's Met Police.