Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Police and stolen bikes

Local police have had a special team working to detect and prevent the theft of bikes in the Southside area.

Tomorrow (7th March) is a day when the police will be focusing on prevention and education, encouraging bike users to take effective security measures.  I note the following from a recent local police newsletter:
Enquiries with online second-hand dealer sites have also led to several stolen bicycles being recovered and individuals being held to account for theft and reset offences. One particular thief has recently received a 10-month prison sentence for his involvement. Since the middle of January, 20 individuals have been reported for 95 offences and £20,000 worth of  stolen property recovered. Although we are delighted with this success, we are also looking at preventing people being victims of such crimes in the first place. Working with  Edinburgh University, we plan to run ‘action days’ whereby officers are on hand to issue security advice to bicycle owners and target any potential thieves in hot-spot’locations.
Now I think these figures for catching thieves are city wide - but impressive and welcome nonetheless.

Here is the recent press release with some more information.

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