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Surrey and Hampshire train station bike theft hot spots

Surrey and Hampshire train station bike theft hot spots

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 5th August 2019. (Updated at 6:46am 5th August 2019)

Hundreds of bikes were stolen from Surrey and Hampshire train stations last year, figures show.

According to data from British Transport Police Farnborough's main station had 46 thefts during the period 2018-19 - placing it in the top ten stations for bike thefts in Britain last year (10th).

Elsewhere in our area Brookwood, Fleet and Woking were also hot spots for thieves, with each having more than 20 bikes stolen last year.

Meanwhile Bentley station was the most likely to see a bike stolen compared to the number of visitors, with 6 taken for every 100,000 people.

Nationally St Albans City saw the most thefts last year with 94 bikes stolen.

Top 10 Stations For Bike Thefts In Our Area

Location Secure spaces for bikes 2017-18 thefts of bikes 2018-19 thefts of bikes Thefts per 100,000 visitors in 2018
Farnborough (Main) 346 46 46 2
Brookwood 294 25 28 3
Fleet 234 28 26 1
Woking 752 57 23 0
London Road Guildford 74 8 17 3
Guildford 378 10 16 0
Bookham 64 7 15 5
Farnham 134 13 13 1
Haslemere 192 27 13 1
West Byfleet 210 32 13 1

 

A British Transport Police spokesperson said:

“Unfortunately, bicycles remain a popular target for opportunistic thieves and British Transport Police works closely with train operating companies to improve security at cycle storage facilities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

“To help prevent crime, we urge cyclists to invest in good quality D-locks and ensure their bikes are securely marked and registered at www.bikeregister.com.

“Getting your cycle registered helps police trace recovered cycles and return them to their owners.  Additionally, it makes your property less appealing to would-be thieves."

In a statement South Western Railway said: 

“There were over 210 million passenger journeys last year on the South Western Railway network.

"The likelihood of becoming a victim of crime remains very low, however we take all reports seriously. 

“Our Security team works very closely with British Transport Police to help reduce bike theft across our network.

"We continuously evaluate where to deploy our own Security staff to detect and deter crime. We also hold cycle theft protection workshops at key locations.”

Police Advice On Keeping Bikes Secure At Stations

  • Whenever you need to leave you bike, make sure you lock it. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or a strong immovable object.
  • Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV covered area.
  • Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
  • Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
  • Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.
  • Keep valuables secure. Don't put them in open baskets or panniers.

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