SmarterTravelRichmond launch Campaign to Reduce Cycle Thefts in Richmond

Following our report earlier this year of the 2,296 bikes stolen in the borough since 2007, SmarterTravelRichmond have launched a six month ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign in partnership with the Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and British Transport Police running from October 2010 to February 2011. The partnership is aiming to reduce cycle theft within the Borough of Richmond, and this will be through Education, Enforcement and Events.

Through the campaign, the team want to reduce the chances of cyclists having their bikes stolen and increase the likelihood of recovery in the following key areas:

London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Beat the Thief Campaign’ provides good advice in all these areas – LCC Cycle Security and see the advice on our earlier post.

The police are placing cycle theft high on their priority list and this includes several key actions:

  • Increased high visibility patrols at cycle theft hot spots across the borough
  • The setting up of a central repository for recovered bicycles in the borough at Twickenham Police Station – all the recovered bikes in the borough will be sent to this central point and people who have their bike stolen can call 0300 123 1212 and report it, get an appointment and can view reclaimed bikes to identify theirs within 2 months.

Ten events have been arranged across the borough from October through to February 2011.  The first, held on 12 October at Twickenham station attracted over 100 participants. At these events there will be:

  • Free Cycle Marking
  • Theft Awareness Advice
  • Sign up for Cycle Training and Maintenance Training
  • Dr Bike bicycle checks

Further details of the events can be found here – Bicycle Theft Reduction Events

The full list of events are:
Thursday 28 October – Twickenham, London Road, 16:00 – 19:00
Thursday 11 November – Hampton Rail Station, 16:00 – 19:00
Saturday 27 November – Hampton Village, 14:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 8 December – Richmond Rail Station, 16:00 – 19:00
Tuesday 21 December – Richmond High Street, 16:00 – 19:00
Saturday 15 January – Teddington Rail Station, 14:00 – 17:30
Tuesday 25 January – Teddington Town Centre, 16:00 – 19:00
Thursday 10 February – Twickenham Rail Station, 16:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 23 February – Richmond Town Centre, 16:00 – 19:00