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TfL and Halfords partner up to reduce cycle thefts

Transport for London (TfL) has partnered with Halfords to offer a 15% discount on own brand locks to help reduce cycle theft in the capital.

The discount is only available for Londoners that complete TfL’s free online Cycle Skills course.

The 15% discount is also valid for Halford brand lights and helmets.

Despite fewer journeys being made across the city overall, cycling is up by 20%, with Santander Cycles use up by 20% too.

On some routes, there has been a massive 200% increase in cycle trips. 

Halfords hase reported a 60% year-on-year increase in sales of new bikes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic as record numbers of Londoners take up cycling.

While sales continue to surge, bike theft is being increasingly reported across the capital.

Between April and September this year, reports of bike theft almost trebled, with 3,079 cycles reported stolen in September – up from 2,004 in September 2019.

There are fears that many owners of new bikes aren’t aware of the latest advice or using high quality locks to keep their bikes as secure as possible.

An Opinium survey of 691 current London bike owners commissioned by Halfords found that almost half – 47 per cent – have not marked or registered their bike.

While seven in 10 respondents said they use a bike lock, only half (50.5%) are using a more robust secure lock.

It can take thieves as little as a few seconds to cut through cheaper quality locks.

Londoners are reminded to use two locks of gold 'Sold Secure' standard – ensuring one is a D-lock – to secure both the bike’s frame and wheels to a stand at recognised cycle parking facilities. Where possible, parking should be well-lit and covered by CCTV.

Londoners are also advised to use a DIY bike marking kit to get their bike registered to the BikeRegister secure online national database, which all UK police forces have access to.

Bike marking kits protect bikes by permanently and chemically etching a unique BikeRegister ID into the coating of a bike's frame.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m determined to do all I can to ensure a green recovery for our city by building on Londoners’ record-breaking demand for cycling over the past few months.

“I know how distressing it can be when a bike is stolen. As well as doing all we can to address the scourge of bike theft, I urge Londoners to register their bike and invest in a good quality lock to minimise the risk of theft.

“I continue to work closely with TfL and the Metropolitan Police Service to help ensure the risk of crime doesn’t deter people from cycling.”

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