Stolen Bikes (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Does the Safer Neighbourhood Team covering Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets have the relevant equipment to tackle the sales of stolen bikes, for example do they have a bike chip reader to detect stolen bikes?


Answer for Stolen Bikes (1)

Answer for Stolen Bikes (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The officers in the Weavers Safer Neighbourhood Team, currently covering the Brick Lane market area, are all trained in identifying stolen bikes registered on and run regular crime prevention awareness days where members of the public can have their bikes marked and registered. The team is in the process of obtaining readers and is also looking to purchase a data tag reader, which are used by the industry for marking bikes.

The team has also received additional police funding to work with local authority agencies, including market inspectors to run proactive operations to combat the illicit sale of pedal cycles in Brick Lane. For example, Operation Devoran, which ran in September 2009, resulted in three arrests and the recovery of seven cycles. The team also run weekly patrols and has a focus on the identification of stolen bikes.