Bike thieves arrested as Metropolitan Police step up anti-cycle theft initiative

Project Cylcle Ops nets more than 16 arrests in one-week blitz

by Simon_MacMichael   August 21, 2013  

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The Metropolitan Police has said that it made more than 16 arrests last week in an initiative targeting bike thieves.

Project Cycle Ops is a collaboration between the police, Transport for London (TfL) and cycling organisations that aims to tackle bike theft throughout the capital.

Tactics employed to combat the thieves include high visibility police patrols, as well as surveillance, intelligence-led operations and covert policing tactics.

The operation also includes bike marking and registration sessions, as well as police engaging with cyclists to provide security tips.

Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor from the Metropolitan Police’s Safer Transport Command commented: "The increased policing activity, through a wide range of tactics, has seen some excellent results in the capital.

“This activity, which will continue to run across London's 32 boroughs, is part of Project Cycle Ops, a collaborative approach between the MPS, British Transport and City of London Police in partnership with TfL to crack down on cycle theft in the city.

“It's vital that all cyclists are able to leave their locked bike knowing that it will be secure and there when they return."

As reported on last week, a London bike thief was jailed for 12 weeks earlier this month after he and an accomplice were caught stealing bikes by officers taking part in Project Cycle Ops.

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posted by darenbrett [18 posts]
21st August 2013 - 22:07

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Good news.

I'm a big fan of the cycle marking roadshows as well - I have had three bikes marked by the Met in the last twelve months and it's a great free service.


posted by jasecd [144 posts]
21st August 2013 - 23:15

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Good news. But it really is about time they did something, now perhaps they should keep taking an interest in stolen bikes that would be progress.

posted by md6 [156 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 8:56

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12 weeks for bike theft - not exactly much of a deterrent for a practice that can net you thousands month after month

posted by fluffy_mike [79 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 13:15

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Thumbs up from me Applause

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posted by cidermart [460 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 13:25

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Huge missed opportunity here: it should have been 'Project Cyclops'.

posted by Ham-planet [88 posts]
22nd August 2013 - 15:09

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they were bike marking near old Street the other day, pulled up, all done in 5 mins... Smile


posted by v_hobbs [4 posts]
23rd August 2013 - 20:45

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