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Cycle crime

We encourage cycling in Cambridgeshire but sadly hundreds of bikes are stolen each year.

To reduce bike theft, we work with local businesses and partner agencies across the county to raise awareness and prevent cycle crime.

Register and security protect your bike

Each year officers find hundreds of stolen bikes. If you’re ever unfortunate enough to have your bike stolen, having it registered in your name will help us get it back to you if we, or anyone else, finds it.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is working in partnership with retail outlets around the county, training people to become registered bike markers using Police identifiable equipment. You can take your bike to one of these outlets and a member of staff with mark your cycle with a marking tag, and register your bikes details on our database. This will be stored by both the police, and Immobilise. If you would like to find the nearest outlet to you, please call 101.

To register and security mark your bike at one of our registered outlets, you will need to bring the bike with you. If you wish to register your bike online with Immobilise or Bike Register, you will need to know the;

  • frame number
  • manufacturer and model
  • colour of the bike

Protect your bike

This advice aims to help you protect your bike from thieves and prevent yourself from becoming a victim of cycle crime. To help protect your bike from thieves, always;

  • lock your bike regardless of where you are and how long you plan to leave it
  • use two different locks to secure your bike - this makes it a lot harder to steal as thieves may need different tools to unfasten each lock
  • if possible, lock your bike to cycle racks in busy, well-lit areas
  • remember locks can be picked, so facing the lock to the ground makes it harder for the thief to release your bike
  • lock both wheels and the frame to a bike stand or another solid object and try to fill the lock with as much of the bike as possible for ultimate security
  • take any items that can be removed with you such as wheels, lights and pumps etc.

We advise cyclists use Sold Securelocks which have been tested to the highest standard.

Need to check if a bike is stolen?

If you are buying a second hand bike you have a responsibility to check that it is not stolen.  Before buying a bike in person or online you should start by asking to see proof of ownership. If this is not available you should ask to see pictures of the frame number or the serial number and contact us via web-chat to see if the bike has been reported stolen.  This is not an absolute guarantee that the bike is not stolen (many bike thefts go unreported) so if you have suspicions about the seller, don’t buy it. 

Report a stolen bike

You can report a stolen bike to us online or by calling 101 or using our online webchat.

If you have already registered your bike online with Immobilise or Bike Register, we recommend that you log in and update the bike as stolen. This will alert anyone who many want to purchase the bike that the frame number has already been reported as stolen and will advise them to contact the police with the location of the bike.

Reporting your bike as lost or stolen helps us match its description and return it to you, if it is recovered. The better the description of your bike, the more chance we have of being able to reunite you with it. The frame number is one of the most valuable pieces of information about your bike.

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