Bike thefts: Map shows locations of recent reports in Berkshire
Berkshire bike owners have seen an increase in thefts of their beloved eco-friendly means of transport over the years.
From Windsor to Newbury, the number of reported bicycle thefts varies from region to region.
Although bike owners and the police have tried to put measures in place to prevent theft, most crimes remain unsolved or are under investigation. The data revealed that many times the suspect cannot be prosecuted for one reason or another.
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According to a map made with the latest police data (April 2022), the most dense area for bicycle theft is Reading with 86 thefts reported across the city.
Slough also seems to be incredibly popular when it comes to bike theft. So much so that they recently launched a free program that allows bike owners to register their bike with a QR code and tracker to help police track its location after it is stolen.
For Bracknell and Wokingham, most theft appears to be happening in town centres, where people may have left theirs while browsing or grabbing a bite to eat with friends.
Surprisingly, the latest data shows that there were only 3 robberies in Newbury and West Berkshire.
Bike theft doesn’t just happen on the streets, however. There have been a number of break-ins that have resulted in the theft of expensive bikes and equipment.