On Tuesday, 20th September, a woman’s pink Brompton pedal cycle was stolen from outside a college on John Islip Street, while she was inside.
The theft was reported to the Metropolitan Police Service the same day and the pedal cycle was shortly afterwards recovered in the City of London by premises on Chancery Lane.
City of London Police officers recovered the pedal cycle and were able to reunite it with its owner since she had the presence of mind to have her pedal cycle marked and logged on BikeRegister, a national cycle database.
The woman who had her pedal cycle marked at a Metropolitan Police pedal cycle marking session, was delighted to be reunited with her beloved bike so quickly.
She said: “It was amazing to learn that my bike had been recovered so quickly, and I’ve told my friends and colleagues about BikeRegister. It’s a great system, and I’m delighted to have my bike back.”
PC Edmondson-Brown, from the City of London Police Communities and Partnerships team, said:
“We were delighted to be able to reunite Sasha with her pedal cycle, this proves the value of getting it marked and registered with the BikeRegister database.
“Having your pedal cycle marked and on the BikeRegister database may not mean Police are more likely to find it, however if we do recover a stolen or abandoned pedal cycle, having it marked helps us return it to the owner.”
It’s never too late to get your pedal cycle marked, and you can do so at free cycle marking sessions from both the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police. ”
James Brown, BikeRegister Managing Director said:
“We are very grateful to City of London Police for their excellent work in marking, registering and reuniting cycle owners like Sasha with their bikes. BikeRegister is now an essential part of the toolkit that police use to fight bike crime.
“With over 332,000 reported bicycle thefts across the UK in 2015 and all police forces using BikeRegister to check the status of recovered bikes, we would encourage all cyclists to get their bikes marked and registered.
“There are lots of police bike marking events taking place across London. To find an event near you, just log onto www.bikeregister.com/events and enter your postcode.”