1,100 bikes stolen every day: Why isn’t cutting down on bike theft more prominent in cycling policy?

More sophisticated bike locks, GPS trackers, and cycle insurance - but could there a greater focus on secure cycle parking and police action?

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A study into bike theft in the UK has revealed that a staggering 1,100 bikes are stolen every day, and yet, theft is rarely a barrier discussed by policymakers looking to increase cycling participation. 

Each year, 80,000 stolen bikes go unclaimed for, presumably with owners either shelling out for a new model, or giving up on their cycling altogether, an unfortunate fate given that a fifth of owners listed their bicycle and kit as their ‘most important possession’.

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