Last year, 699 bikes with a total value of £113,000 were stolen in Norwich - so we've launched a campaign to tackle bike crime in Norwich called #ProperLockIt, to encourage more people to speak up about bicycle crime.
The campaign launches with a special event outside the main entrance to the Chapelfield Shopping Centre on Saturday 28 May 2016.
At the event, there'll be:-
- Free bike safety checks
- Free security marking
- Various freebies
- Handy information on how to prevent your bike from being stolen.
Report bike thieves anonymously
Cycle crime involves the theft of bikes as well as the handling of stolen bikes or bike parts.
With the support of Norfolk Police and Norwich City Council, we are urging members of the public to give information about anyone involved in the theft of bicycles as well as the handling of stolen bikes and bicycle parts.
Antonia Litten, Crimestoppers Eastern Regional Manager, says:
“We would urge anyone who has information about those involved in stealing bicycles or handling stolen bicycles and bicycle parts to share it with us 100% anonymously, by calling free on 0800 555 111 or filling in our quick and easy online form.
“We don’t ever take personal details, we don’t want to know your name or address and we can’t trace information given online or on the phone. You will not have to give a witness statement or go to court. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know. You won’t even have to give up your identity to claim your reward.”
Cash reward of up to £1,000 for information
We are offering a reward of up to £1,000 for any information on those involved in cycle crime, which leads to the arrest and charge of those responsible for the crime.
Chief Inspector Lynne Cross from Norfolk Police says:
“We are working very hard to tackle the increase in bike theft across Norwich and raise awareness to reduce thefts.
“Many of the bikes that have been stolen were valued at £500 or more and often only secured with a £2-£3 bike lock, which takes the thieves seconds to break. It really is worth investing in a decent lock, like a heavy duty D-lock that is certified by Sold Secure.
"It is important that people committing these crimes are brought to justice to ensure that they cannot strike again. If you feel you can’t contact the police, but have information on those committing bike theft or handling stolen bikes, I urge you to contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously today.”
Victim speaks out
Chris from Norwich said:
“My bike was locked at Pottergate, Norwich using two locks, when it was stolen.
“I was shocked and frustrated to find it gone. It meant having to figure out alternative ways to take my kids to nursery and to school, and to get around Norwich. These alternatives are not as efficient and don't provide the same health benefits as cycling.
“My bike has still not been found, which means I'll need to replace it soon.
"In future I'll make sure that I use more secure heavy duty locks - and I encourage all cyclists in Norwich to do the same to reduce bike thief and avoid experiences like mine.”
Bike security advice
Don’t make it easy for thieves to steal your bike.
This video aims to encourage cyclists to think more about security by showing the speed and ease with which cycles can be stolen.
As the victim walks off, having secured her bike to a lamp-post with a plastic wire lock, the thief (played by Norfolk PC Dave Block) makes his move, checking he’s not being watched before getting hold of the handlebars and seat and using brute force to rip the bike from the lamp-post.
The steal is made in seconds and the lock snaps with ease, offering no challenge to the thief - who casually walks away from the scene of the crime.