Arrests made in Bromley and Bexley as officers crack down on bike theft
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 May 2014
Police are urging bicycle owners to take crime prevention measures to reduce their chances of becoming victims of theft.
These simple measures include using Sold Secure standard locks, parking bicycles in areas that are well lit and covered by CCTV and marking and registering bicycles on BikeRegister, which is a visible detterent to thieves.
This comes after Police issued a coordinated day of action, targeting cycle theft in London on Wednesday May 14.
Ten people have been arrested across South London, with two arrests made in Bromley and one in Bexley, as Police and PCSOs from the Safer Transport carried out spot checks at local pawn shops where thieves may be trying to sell on stolen bicycles and high visibility and plain clothes patrols took place at cycle theft hot spots.
Chief Supt Sultan Taylor, of Safer Transport Command, said: “Bike theft has a huge impact on Londoners, costing over £10m per year and yesterday’s activity has seen some excellent results helping to crackdown on cycle theft even further.
“We continue to work with TfL and other police agencies to ensure the best chances of bringing offenders to justice, restoring stolen bikes to their rightful owners and prevent anybody buying stolen property.”