Warning over online bike theft

People looking to buy bikes online are being warned against using uncontrolled sites. London Cycling Campaign says bikes are often stolen and posted to be sold on websites.

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Bike crime dropping in London 'down by 11.3%'

Bike crime is coming down, we've got it down by 11.3% and what that means is we've recovered an awful lot of bikes that need to be reunited with their owners.

We're asking people to register their bikes so firstly we known they're stolen - we can prove they're stolen - and we can get them back to the owner.

– Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Commissioner for London


How to avoid buying stolen bikes online

The London Cycling Campaign has issued the following advice to avoid inadvertently buying stolen bikes online:

  • Ask the seller where they got the bike
  • Ask for identification, a landline phone number or a workplace email
  • Ask for an original purchase receipt
  • Expect a genuine photo of the actual bike, not a catalogue picture
  • Ask for a receipt for the transaction with their signature and address (you may need it for identification purposes)
  • Ask for a bike frame number, which can be checked against lists of stolen bikes

"If an advert looks like it may not be genuine, and the seller doesn't have a credible story as to where they acquired the bike, walk away for your own good as well as everyone else's. Remember that meeting a dishonest seller carries a personal risk."

– London Cycling Campaign
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