A study has revealed that bike thefts in Milton Keynes have decreased over the last 12 months.

The data, which has come from the Government, also revealed that of all the areas near the town, MK the sharpest of declines in terms of thefts.

Between September 2019 to September 2020, the town saw a decrease of 30 per cent over the last year, whilst Cambridge, which is only an hour away, had a decline of 21 per cent.

Bedford and St Albans in neighbouring Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire respectively both had eight per cent drops.

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The data, which was collated by Lawtons Law in Milton Keynes, encompasses the first six months of Covid restrictions and the peak spring/summer cycling season.

Nick Titchener, criminal defence solicitor at London law firm Lawtons Solicitors, says: “Unfortunately, suspects aren’t being identified because there’s usually no relationship between themselves and the victim and it’s a relatively low-priority crime.

“On top of this, owners often don’t document the ownership of their bike, making it difficult to prosecute even if the perpetrator is caught.

“It’s essential that you document your bike to help you recover it in the case of theft. Keep your receipt, make a record of the serial number and register your bike with a bicycle marking and registration scheme.

“This will enable the police to trace your bike back to you if it is stolen and recovered.”

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The law firm have also issued their top-tips in keeping bikes safe, which include:

Residents and commuters can follow these steps to ensure their bikes are kept secure:

• Use a heavy-duty D-lock that is ideally Sold Secure-rated. Buy a lock that costs a third of the value of your bicycle

• Use two different high-quality locks. This would make it more awkward for thieves as they would have to use different types of tools to remove them. The council recommends a heavy-duty D-lock and a robust chain or cable

• Lock both the frame and wheels to the cycle parking

• Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible. Your bike needs to be difficult to manoeuvre, with no leverage points for thieves

• Take any quick-release parts with you, e.g. quick-release saddles and wheels

• Remove your lights

• Register your bike. The sticker will put thieves off. It will also make it easier to find, should it get stolen

In 2016, Milton Keynes Central station was named one of the worst places in Britain for bike thefts.

For more information, visit www.lawtonslaw.co.uk/our-offices/criminal-defence-solicitors-milton-keynes