Cycle theft reaches over 200,000!

The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50946871

On one level this is a bizarre story to me because as a regular cyclist I’ve never even been tempted to use a shared bike/city hire bike or whatever you wish to call them. They are often heavy and cumbersome, which I suppose they have to be to survive long on the open street and so that they are not likely theft targets. Yet it seems they are very much theft targets!

Quote from the article – ‘Police in Manchester were called to more than 400 incidents involving Mobikes between July 2017 and August 2018. Of the crimes, 124 were listed under “criminal damage and arson offences”. There were a further 87 bicycle thefts.’

Me in my cycling gear

Cycling, like trams and railways, is the transport of our future yet we haven’t yet found a good business model for these shared bikes and neither do we have anything like the required infrastructure for safe cycling in the vast majority of UK towns and cities – York being a rather obvious exception of course.

My own view is that, like with the cars, cycles will be far more owned than rented/shared in the future although thefts of them will always be a problem.

Maghull -Youths on bikes doing incredibly dangerous things – My exchange with Merseyside Police

I posted not so long ago (see link below) about my concerns regarding the activities of some local young men who are putting themselves and other road users at great risk during the hours of darkness. The last incident that I witnessed only yesterday evening was the last straw for me so I have had the following exchange with Merseyside Police. I e-mailed Inspector Phil Hatton but as he is presently away work the reply is from Gerda Gates his Sgt. Neighbourhood Dedicated:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/09/29/maghull-one-of-those-i-cant-quite-belive-what-i-have-just-seen-moments/

Dear Phil,

I realise that what I am about to say to you may not seem like a priority but I hope you will consider the matter.

Over the past month or so, almost each time I have been out in the evening after it has got dark I have encountered youths riding bikes all dressed in black and with no lights on them. What’s more each time they have been been riding either on the wrong side of the road or in packs across the whole road. It may well be the same group of course.

My first encounter was with a gang riding up the A59 in effect blocking the whole northbound carriageway trying to hold up the traffic. This was by Maghull TH.

I have also come across a group riding pretty much across the whole of Liverpool Road South near the junction with Larchwood Avenue.

Tonight I came across a couple of youths riding the wrong way up the one way Damfield Lane access road straight at me. I mean the section from Red Lion Bridge to the A59.

I have also seen incidents of a similar nature in Liverpool Road North and Southport Road and fear that it is only a question of time before a road traffic accident takes place as other drivers must be encountering them as well as me.

Would it be possible for your road traffic people to look out for this activity in the evenings after dark and to take some positive action if they come across it?

Best wishes

Cllr. Tony Robertson

Lydiate Parish Councillor

And the reply

Good Afternoon Councillor,

As Mr Hatton is currently on a couple of days break, thank you for your email.

We have noted a rise in calls from local Maghull residents regarding youths on pedal cycles, however what you have described takes issues to another level, especially now we are entering winter months.

I have forwarded your email onto all my staff members for their extra attention when they are on the late shift.

Over the weekend naturally with Bonfire night there will be extra resources in and around the Maghull Area.

I have also forwarded your email onto our colleagues in traffic, for their information and action.

In the meanwhile we will endeavour to identify these youths who obviously have no regard for the public or their own safety.

I would ask that if either you or any of your constituents experience any similar incidents, that they contact Merseyside Police in “real time” to report the matter, so a patrol can be deployed at the first available instance.

Kind regards
Gerda Gates
Sgt Neighbourhood Dedicated