Bike theft statistics and how to lock your bike up safely

Love your bike? Keep it secure with two D-locks, says a reformed thief

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Bike theft is a really sad fact of cycling life. Figures are reportedly dropping - but that doesn't mean to say the theft of a bicycle is a rare incident.

The Office for National Statistics quotes 290,000 recorded bike thefts in England and Wales over the course of 2017, but suggests that as many as 71 per cent of people don't report the theft of a bike to the police - so the numbers may actually be a lot higher.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.