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Bike Theft: Has it Increased Where You Live?

Headlines:

  • 144 locations showed an INCREASE in bike theft last year.
  • 126 areas DECREASED - what happened where you live?
  • Was your bike safer in Luton or Harrogate, read on to find out.

The tables below show police recorded bike thefts in 2013/14 compared with the year before and show the recorded change in offences.  The actually number of bike thefts recorded in 2013/14 is also shown.

Taking Burnley as an example explains how the table works.

  • Burnley had an 81% INCREASE in bike thefts in 2013/14, compared with 2012/13
  • 141 bike thefts were recorded during the year.

How Many Bike Thefts took Place in Your Area?  Find out in the table below.

Community Safety Partnership  % Increase or Decrease Number of Bike Thefts in 2013/14
Burnley 81 141
North West Leicestershire 71 89
Harrogate 66 154
Swale 60 171
Calderdale 60 193
Redcar and Cleveland 57 239
Rochdale 57 237
Swansea 57 321
West Lancashire 56 114
Mansfield 54 134
Boston 53 283
Rushmoor 52 181
Amber Valley 50 78
Darlington 48 296
Halton 47 237
Hyndburn 44 72
Newark and Sherwood 44 295
Stockton-on-Tees 44 397
Wirral 44 381
East Hertfordshire 44 188

 

The 20 locations listed above had the highest percentage increase in England and Wales in 2013/14 compared with the year before. 

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Ashfield 41 180
Gateshead 40 184
Vale of White Horse 37 214
Brent 37 451
Adur 35 107
Bracknell Forest 35 176
Selby 35 85
Rotherham 34 199
Bassetlaw 34 188
Eastleigh 34 153
Oldham 34 222
Newport 32 238
Vale of Glamorgan 32 91
York 32 1,006
Torfaen 32 83
Wyre 30 156
Lancaster 29 341
Newcastle-under-Lyme 28 113
Northumberland 28 225
Wakefield 28 368
County Durham 27 436
Plymouth 27 211
Corby 27 124
Stevenage 26 153
Sandwell 26 319
Sunderland 25 396
Shropshire 25 322
Sutton 24 148
Thanet 24 354
Croydon 24 328
Blackburn with Darwen 23 156
South Devon and Dartmoor 23 124
Cardiff 22 1,467
Rugby 22 189
Hinckley and Bosworth 22 107
North Lincolnshire 21 380
Merton 20 394
Northern Devon 20 96
Charnwood 19 456
Central Bedfordshire 19 220
Allerdale 19 63
Braintree 19 126
Walsall 19 259
Gosport 19 377
Caerphilly 18 77
Leicester 18 1,432
Sefton 18 442
Colchester 18 422
St Albans 18 106
North Worcestershire 18 194
Blaby 17 130
Leeds 17 1,221
Carmarthenshire 17 84
Waveney 16 325
Rhondda Cynon Taf 16 92
Flintshire 16 146
Stoke-on-Trent 16 305
Bradford 15 340
North Hertfordshire 15 122
Cheshire East 15 531
Portsmouth 15 1,151
Isle of Wight 14 111
Chelmsford 14 317
Middlesbrough 14 419
City of London 13 347
Ashford 13 162
Tameside 13 270
Chiltern 13 72
Bath and North East Somerset 12 212
Thurrock 12 240
Lambeth 12 1,267
Stockport 12 341
Blackpool 11 546
King's Lynn and West Norfolk 10 179
Test Valley 10 127
Chesterfield 10 85
Huntingdonshire 10 299
Pendle 10 78
South Norfolk 9 60
Aylesbury Vale 9 133
Peterborough 9 828
South Tyneside 8 205
Suffolk Coastal 8 145
Worthing 8 432
Reading 8 587
Haringey 8 423
Ipswich 8 481
East and Mid Devon 7 101
Harlow 7 131
Kingston upon Hull 7 1,187
St. Helens 7 203
Preston 6 418
Cheltenham 6 396
Shepway 6 90
South Gloucestershire 6 268
Swindon 5 426
North East Lincolnshire 5 589
Wigan 5 330
Guildford 5 227
Liverpool 5 860
Dacorum 5 105
Wellingborough 5 87
Dudley 4 195
Hastings 4 102
Newcastle upon Tyne 4 821
Bristol, City of  4 1,714
Stafford 4 163
Dover 3 98
Derby 3 700
Southampton 3 938
Tewkesbury 3 106
Birmingham 3 1,217
Brighton and Hove 3 1,028
Doncaster 3 487
South Cambridgeshire 2 261
Nottingham 2 1,059
East Hampshire 2 54
Gloucester 2 477
Bridgend 2 64
Breckland 1 82
Great Yarmouth 1 180
Bedford 1 471
Wolverhampton 1 338
Havant 1 196

 

These locations shown above all experienced an increase in bike theft last year, compared to the year before. 

Further information about bike theft related crime prevention advice can be found in our Top Ten Bike Theft Prevention Tips 2014 free guide.

 

Wandsworth 0 1,366
Canterbury 0 309
Norwich 0 624
Basildon 0 205
Tonbridge and Malling 0 74
Neath Port Talbot 0 102
Trafford 0 433
Broxbourne -1 100
Arun -1 218
Camden -1 1,123
Richmond upon Thames -2 696
Manchester -2 1,894
Lincoln -2 625
Windsor and Maidenhead -2 231
Barnsley -2 164
Tendring -2 195
Southwark -2 1,290
Southend-on-Sea -2 468
South Nottinghamshire -2 381
North Tyneside -2 211
Wokingham -2 165
Kingston upon Thames -2 433
Tamworth -3 74
East Lindsey -3 145
South Holland -3 96
Bexley -3 117
Cheshire West and Chester -3 555
Scarborough -4 137
Horsham -4 104
West Lindsey -4 77
Cornwall -4 252
Waverley -4 72
Fylde -4 71
Dartford and Gravesham -4 163
Mid Sussex -5 62
Basingstoke and Deane -5 178
West Berkshire -5 157
Hartlepool -5 156
Kirklees -6 230
Somerset -6 506
Cherwell -6 223
East Riding of Yorkshire -6 346
West Oxfordshire -7 96
Oadby and Wigston -8 110
Maidstone -8 108
Epsom and Ewell -8 83
Dorset -8 363
Cambridge -8 1,944
Hillingdon -8 277
Wiltshire -9 371
South Bucks -9 60
Herefordshire -9 233
Chorley -9 97
Barnet -10 226
Tower Hamlets -10 1,316
Greenwich -10 310
Exeter -11 371
Stroud -11 75
Fareham -11 165
Islington -11 1,041
Fenland -11 141
Torbay -11 85
Medway -12 237
Hackney -12 1,376
Sheffield -13 597
Erewash -13 142
Three Rivers -13 53
Reigate and Banstead -13 104
South Kesteven -13 162
New Forest -13 181
Hounslow -14 555
Elmbridge -14 209
Slough -14 357
Oxford -15 1,871
Waltham Forest -15 359
South Worcester -15 394
Ealing -15 673
Broadland -15 55
Eastbourne -16 141
Kettering -16 102
Milton Keynes -16 612
Harrow -16 122
Western Suffolk -16 227
North Kesteven -17 65
Solihull -17 211
Coventry -17 543
Runnymede -17 119
Cannock Chase -17 76
Salford -18 418
Westminster -18 1,341
Bolton -18 233
South Warwickshire -18 300
Conwy -18 96
Nuneaton and Bedworth -18 192
Enfield -18 195
Bury -19 162
Wrexham -19 146
Knowsley -20 107
Kensington and Chelsea -20 624
Northampton -20 479
East Staffordshire -20 115
Chichester -21 157
Crawley -21 201
Lewisham -21 357
Barrow-in-Furness -21 96
Barking and Dagenham -21 240
East Cambridgeshire -22 51
Gwynedd -22 65
Brentwood -22 67
Woking -23 154
Welwyn Hatfield -23 126
Carlisle -23 112
Spelthorne -24 105

 

Reductions in bicycle crime were recorded in the areas listed above.

The 20 locations shown below had the biggest percentage reductions recorded in England and Wales. 

 

Warrington -25 388
South Lakeland -25 58
Bournemouth -25 777
Telford and Wrekin -25 127
Bromley -26 169
Hammersmith and Fulham -27 925
Denbighshire -28 55
Newham -28 429
Wycombe -29 112
North Somerset -29 187
Winchester -30 83
Poole -30 360
Daventry and South Northamptonshire -32 55
Havering -33 133
Redbridge -34 176
South Ribble -34 148
Watford -34 169
South Oxfordshire -35 97
Lichfield -36 51
Luton -39 169

 

Areas not featured in the table had less than 50 crimes in 2012/13 and so were removed from the analysis, see a list of these locations at the base of this page.

Summary

Bike theft increases were experienced in many parts of the country as the table above shows. Bikes are easy to sell on for criminals and make them an attractive product to steal.  

A number of different crime prevention measures can be considered, for more information visit our Top Ten Bike Crime Prevention Tips 2014 guide.

 

Data Sources: Police Recorded Crime. Home Office


Notes: Data in these tables relate to Police Recorded Crime, for the year ending March 2014.
The reason for changes between one year and another may vary. For example area boundries may have changed, new homes and bike owning populations may have been developed that didn't exist in 2012/13, improvements in crime recording may have taken place, or it may be that criminals commited more crimes in the area.

Police recorded crime data are not designated as national statistics.
Caution must be taken when interpreting offences that contain small numbers.
When interpreting data for Kent, users should be aware of recent changes to recording practices in that force. For further information see the section on 'Accuracy of the statistics' in the introduction to the statistical bulletin.

Areas with less than 50 crimes in 2012/13 and not included in the table include:  Copeland, Eden,  Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, South Derbyshire, Isles of Scilly, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Powys
Castle Point, Epping Forest, Maldon, Rochford, Uttlesford, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Hart, Hertsmere, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, Harborough, Melton, Rutland, North Norfolk, Isle of Anglesey, Craven, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, East Northamptonshire, Merthyr Tydfil, South Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Babergh, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Lewes, Rother, Wealden, North Warwickshire.

 

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