Data released today shows the places where a bicycle is most likely to be stolen, and train stations topped the list when it came to specific locations.
The study was based on police crime data and was commissioned by bicycle insurer Protect Your Bubble.
In the process of totting up the information they noted that in a twelve-month period 82,000 bikes were stolen – that’s 227 a day. Worryingly, in 72 per cent of cases the thieves were not prosecuted.
The top location was Elder Gate at Milton Keynes railway station. In the past year 72 bikes were stolen from the parking area on the street and a further 19 from another location on the road, which runs around the front of the station.
The second location, Meridian Square in Newham is next to a railway station in East London – close to Westfield shopping centre and the Olympic park which is home to Lee Valley Velodrome. There, 71 bikes were stolen between October 2015 and September 2016.
Next on the list was Station Road in Cambridge – which saw 63 thefts and is also next to a mainline railway station.