Simon MacMichael July 10 2018
Police forces across the country have been recognised for their efforts in combating bike thieves at the 2018 Cycle Crime Awards.
The awards were held as part of the annual National Cycle Crime Conference, now in its fourth year and hosted by national database BikeRegister in partnership with British Transport Police (BTP).
150 delegates, including representatives from 37 police forces, attended the event in Birmingham.
BTP was one of four forces to receive an award, as a result of its Lock It, Mark It communications campaign.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service in Tower Hamlets – a borough which includes Brick Lane Market, where stolen bikes are often re-sold – were recognised for the highest number of stolen bikes recovered using BikeRegister.
In all, officers in the borough recovered more than 200 stolen bikes and managed to reunite many of those with their owners.
West Midlands Police received an award for their ongoing anti-bike theft initiative Operation Magpie, while Police Scotland were recognised for reducing cycle theft in Edinburgh working alongside the city council, Sustrans and local bike shops in the Scottish capital.