July 21, 2016

Steer Clear

At the second annual Steering Clear of Cycle Crime Conference in Birmingham, England earlier this month, the Lancashire Police received the inaugural Quickest Cycle Recovery Award.

The department "not only recovered a stolen bike within an hour" says the award citation, "but also apprehended the bike thieves, all while the bike owner was on holiday..."

Other prizes included the Largest Cycle Recovery Award and the Most Innovative Use of BikeRegister Award.

National cycle database BikeRegister hosted the conference in association with British Transport Police. Officers from 28 police forces attended the one-day event, joined by partners from the cycling, education, and security industries.

"If everybody comes together here," said the Durham Constabulary's Dave Williamson of last year's Steering Clear meeting, "this could be problem-solving policing on an industrial scale."

The theme for the 2016 conference was "Partnership Working," and the day's speakers highlighted the importance of the public, private, and volunteer sectors working together to beat bike crime.

How about sharing best practices internationally?

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