UK cycle database BikeRegister has just reached the milestone of more than 750,000 bikes registered to its website.
BikeRegister is London’s ‘official cycle database’, used by Transport for London, City of London Police, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police; it’s supported by industry partners including British Cycling and Cyclescheme, which has helped register more than 175,000 bikes to the database through its Cycle to Work scheme.
Owned and maintained by security company Selectamark, BikeRegister reported a significant increase in online registrations over the past year, and a continuation of the many bike registration and marking events that are taking place across the UK on a daily basis organised by police, local authorities, universities, train operating companies and cycle clubs.
There were approximately 285,000 cycle theft incidents in 2017, according to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales.
Around 800 searches are made on the cycle database every day.
BikeRegister MD James Brown said: “We are constantly seeking new ways to improve our service and particularly want to encourage all retailers to adopt Point of Sale marking and registration of bikes as a vital way to help tackle cycle theft. Retailers can do this easily and we have the infrastructure in place to help them implement the service without disruption to their business.”
Brown concluded: “We are extremely proud of achieving this fantastic registration milestone and are on track to hit a million in the coming year. We would like to thank all of our police and industry partners who continue to support us.”