Theft of Pedal Cycles (5131_14)

Request

At Redbrick (University of Birmingham’s newspaper) we are carrying out an investigation as to why Birmingham seems to be lacking behind other cities when it comes to people using bicycles as a mode of transport.

Many people I have spoken to simply do not take their bikes into town due to fear of theft-I wondered if, under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), I could request the following data:

1.How many bikes were reported stolen, per year, within the last 10 years within the city centre area?

2.How many incidents have there been reported, per year, within the last 10 years regarding bikes (eg. thefts, muggings etc.) on the city’s canals and cycle paths?

And could you also help to answer these questions please:

1.Are all official bike sheds/locking areas monitored by CCTV?

2.What is being done from an advertising/awareness perspective to encourage safer (ie. theft prevention, having good road practice) cycling in Birmingham?

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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