According to police statistics bike theft across the UK has reduced by 25 percent since 2011. However, many bike thefts go unreported, and some regions of the UK have seen greater reductions than others – Merseyside, for instance, has seen bike theft rise by 2.96 percent over the last five years.
John Moss of Stolen-bike.co.uk said:
"With the news that bike theft has now dropped to its lowest levels in ten years the trade can hopefully look forward to an uptick in those staying in the saddle – 25 percent of bike-theft victims give up cycling."
He added that "it's really important that police forces and the wider cycling community continue the efforts that have led to this decrease, whether it's making bike unattractive to thieves through marking and securing bikes properly or helping get bikes recovered and reducing the demand for stolen bikes."
Bike theft dropped by 25.2 percent from 2011 to 2016. In Devon and Cornwall bike theft dropped by a reported 46.92 percent. Cambridgeshire has the worst rate of bike thefts in the UK, at 4.34 per 1000 residents every year.