Crimestoppers and University Centre Peterborough students raised awareness on cycle theft crime


Media Release
[24th October 2013]

  Crimestoppers and University Centre Peterborough criminology students, took a stance on cycle theft crime in Peterborough, on Saturday 26th October at Ferry Meadows.

  Working with the local police, the students offered free bike marking and provided information on ways to reduce cycle theft in the community. In total 15 bikes were securely marked to help deter cycle theft crime.

  Aimee Neaverson, degree course leader said: "They have worked very hard all summer to put this campaign together and I am very proud of what they have achieved. This was a great opportunity for the students to get involved in their local community."

  Ann Scott, Crimestoppers Eastern Region Manager, said: "We are very grateful to University Centre Peterborough students, for raising the profile about this crime type. The charity has many active and passionate volunteers, who give up their own time to promote the charity. If you would like to support Crimestoppers by volunteering you can find more information by visiting"

  She said: "If you have any information that can help police reduce cycle theft in Peterborough, you  can give information anonymously to the charity by calling 0800 555 111."

  The Cambridgeshire Crimestoppers Committee use these events to promote its key message that people can give information anonymously to the charity by calling 0800 555 111


  For more information on Crimestoppers please contact Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager, on 01255 475964 or or email:

  For more information on University Centre Peterborough, check out website

The general public queuing up to get their bikes marked.


  • In the UK, a bike is stolen every minute and less than 5% of those are returned to their owners.
  • In 2013, official crime figures show 114,000 bikes were stolen, the actual figure will probably be much higher due to so many thefts going unreported.
  • Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 113,000 arrests and charges.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.
  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website which can also be accessed via mobile devices.