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The news that Conservative party leader David Cameron?s bike has been stolen demonstrates how often bike theft happens and how many members of the public do not notice when bicycles are stolen from the street. So says the CTC, the UK's national cyclists' organisation.

According to the British Crime Survey, around 300,000 bikes are stolen every year in England and Wales and only five per cent of people ever get their bikes back. It also appears that bike theft is on the rise, as the British Transport Police report: since 2000, theft and damage to bikes at railway stations has doubled, while motor vehicle crime has fallen by 50 per cent. There are now as many motor vehicle crimes recorded at railway stations as there are cycle crimes ? 5,600 per year.

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