The latest data on bike theft from the Metropolitan Police shows an average of nearly 1700 stolen bikes per month in the capital from March 2012-April 2013 – and that’s just the ones that were reported.
Bicycle theft peaked in the summer months, with June-September seeing almost twice as many bikes nicked as December -March.
The data was published on 26 October 2014 after an FOI request to the Metropolitan Police.
Previous data released by the Met shows the steady increase in bike thefts in London since 2001.
The number of stolen bicycles soared from 13,964 in 2001 to over 23,000 in 2012 – although the Met says the number of bikes in London has risen by 70% in that period.