Stolen Bikes UK replaces bike for toddler

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A few weeks ago, a little boy had his favourite bike stolen outside of his home; Stolen Bikes UK came to the rescue.

Three year old Charlie's stolen bike

Even three year old Charlie can't avoid the bike thieves

I think it's amazing what you have done for my friends son who had is bike stolen

When Stolen Bikes UK, a service dedicated the helping the victims of bike theft, found out about a three-year old boy had his bike stolen from outside of his house, they quickly came to the rescue replacing the bike. Stolen Bikes UK can’t replace everyone’s bike (as much as they would like to), but it just goes to show that anyone can be a victim of bike theft.

In 2010, 115,147 bikes where reported stolen to the police, with the British Crime Survey estimating that approximately 80% of bike thefts go unreported.*

This is where Stolen Bikes UK comes in. It’s a series of websites dedicated to combating bike theft and curbing the rising trend in bike theft, by looking at various issues surrounding bike theft and developing a responsible and free solution.

Stolen-Bikes.co.uk is a website the crowd sources the search for a stolen bike, giving victims the tools to quickly advertise their stolen bike to other cyclists in the area. FindThatBike.co.uk then assists the victims in searching the major UK online classifieds (Gumtree, eBay and PreLoved) by collecting bikes for sale and putting them into one easily searchable gallery.

Its owner John Moss knows first-hand what it feels like to come home from work and find your pride and joy missing. Having had his bike stolen, and unfortunately like many other bikes, not recovered, he set out to get his own bike and make life hard for bike thieves across the UK.

"I setup these websites after having my own bike stolen. After seeing the drastically low recovery rates I knew that there was something I could do about that as a web developer and that's how Stolen-Bikes.co.uk came about," explains John Moss, Owner.

69% of bikes are stolen from the cyclist’s home, usually from semi-private areas such as the garage or shed. With a surprising 66% of bikes left unlocked when they were stolen. With a bike stolen every 67 seconds in the UK, costing UK cyclist’s a whopping £137m every year.* Stolen Bikes UK wants to help cyclists save their bikes from becoming a statistic, either by finding those that have been stolen, or by preventing the theft in the first place.

John Moss has recently provided two more weapons to add to the cyclists’ fights against bike crime: RegisterThatBike.co.uk which helps cyclists find official police bike marking events in their area and RecoveredThatBike.co.uk which collects information about bikes that have been recovered by the police but have yet to find their owners.

You can find Stolen Bikes UK on their Facebook and Twitter, where monthly competitions for bike security products and vouchers are run. Currently, they’re averaging about 100,000 visitors to their site per month.
Stolen Bikes UK is bringing a community of cyclists, who are tired of the occurring injustice, together to help each other out and stop this misconduct.

*Crime Survey for England and Wales 2011/2012

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