Bicycle Theft Overview

During 2020, England & Wales's police forces received 74,895 crime reports about bicycle theft. This is a decrease of 13% from 2019's figure of 84,772 reports of bicycle theft, giving an overall crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 people in 2020 and a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 people for 2019.

The most dangeroues cities for bicycle theft are Hackney, Tower Hamlets, and Hammersmith and Fulham, with crime rates of 8, 6, and 6 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for bicycle theft is Bristol, which recorded a bicycle theft rate of 3.7 offences per 1,000 people in 2020. The second most dangerous area for bicycle theft is Cambridgeshire, with a crime rate of 3.6, followed by London in third, with a bicycle theft rate of 2.7 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for bicycle theft is Stoke-on-Trent, which had a crime rate of 0.33 in 2020. Next safest is Bexley, followed by Plymouth in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 0.37 and 0.47 respectively.

Map of Bicycle Theft in the UK

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The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Bicycle Theft

The Safest Towns & Cities for Bicycle Theft

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Stoke-on-Trent0.33
2Bexley0.37
3Plymouth0.47
4Bradford0.48
5Swansea0.49
6Bromley0.54
7Havering0.62
8Croydon0.68
9Barnet0.69
10Harrow0.70

Bicycle Theft Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2017201820192020Trend
1.581.581.411.25Safer

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Bicycle Theft

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Bristol3.74
2Cambridgeshire3.60
3London2.72
4South Glamorgan2.32
5Oxfordshire2.13
6Berkshire2.08
7East Sussex1.50
8Dorset1.50
9Tyne & Wear1.47
10Bedfordshire1.46

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021