A man has issued an urgent warning to Islington residents about a new trick which is targeting bike-owners in the area. The man posted about the sneaky trick on a local Facebook group, after noticing it had occurred multiple times.
The trick means that even those who have sensibly locked up their bikes properly are vulnerable to the criminals. Victims locked up their bike, only to find the lock had been secretly tampered with.
The man wrote: “They cut a section like that out, cover it in tape of some sort, wait for a bike to be locked and then it’s easy for them to steal.” He then urged residents to be wary of one thing that could suggest the bike lock had been tampered with: “So beware of tape/stickers on bike stands.”
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Bike thefts are rife in London, with public bike lock spaces in extremely high demand in some boroughs, as locking bikes up in the road is deemed so risky. ITV News reported last year that London is a ‘hot spot’ for bike theft, with more stolen in the Capital than in any other region in the UK.
But though Islington residents have fallen victim to this recent bike scam, this isn’t the borough with the most bike thefts in London – Hackney, East London sees the highest rates of bike theft in the Capital.
Hackney is closely followed by Westminster and Tower Hamlets. Cycling UK previously suggested some top tips for keeping your bicycle safe:
Always lock the bike frame itself, not just a single tire, as thieves can remove the bike and leave the tire locked
Register your bike to Bike Register or Immobilise, and take photographs of the bike, especially any recognisable or unique features or marks
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