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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.

Report a stolen bike

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

If you have registered your bike online with Bike Register or Immobilise, we recommend you log in to your account and update your bike as stolen. 

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.

Lock 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.

Register and security mark 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.

Bike Registerhelps you security mark and register your bike so that we know it’s yours. Security marks are difficult to remove which helps put thieves off stealing your bike.

To register your bike with Bike Registeryou will need to know the;

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

Alternatively, you can register your bike with immobilise for freealong with any of your other valuables. 

We always advise you save your bike details as a contact on your mobile phone, with a photograph and the frame number. This means if you have your bike stolen, you’ll be able to show the information to an officer which will help us return it to you if we find it.

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