£744,620k worth of bikes
stolen every year in Liverpool, thanks to "social showing off"
WHILST many people are switching from
driving to cycling in order to save money and get fit, there are also an
increasing amount of cyclists sharing their pride and joy on social media and
cycling apps, not realizing that this could make it even easier for thieves to
steal their bikes.
Data from Bikmo Plus, an innovative and data focused cycle insurance brand, in
the UK shows that cycle enthusiasts will buy a bike worth on average, £2,160. To
secure their bikes at home, cycling enthusiasts will store their bikes in a
garage worth £4,745. This represents the booming 'cycle enthusiast' market, the
average bike value in the UK is £233.
From 15 September to 15 August 2015, there were a reported 1,540 bike thefts
reported to the Merseyside Police, showing the need for cyclists in the area to
sharpen up their online profiles, to protect them and their 2 wheels.
This is something which UK Police are quickly recognizing also, as highlighted
by Dorset Police who have issued a warning to cyclists using online ride sharing
websites to keep their home location private, after a recent increase in the
number of expensive bikes being stolen in the area.
Choosing which cyclist to target is made easy for bike thieves by riders posting
pictures of new high end bikes on social media, sharing their locations, home
addresses and frequency of rides through social media and GPS systems.
The nation's most popular cycling apps document the route users ride, which
often documents the exact start and finish point, which if not managed
carefully, could have negative implications. The team at Bikmo have used their
expertly insight to come up with five methods to deter bike thieves.
Commenting on the results, David George, CEO of Bikmo Plus, says:- "It's
worrying to see how many expensive bikes are stolen every year thanks to social
media and cycling apps. Cyclists need to be careful when it comes to sharing
their location, routes or pictures of their bikes online."
THE 'BBC Today' programme has
reported that the House of Commons vote on fracking may come any day now.
The government has been accused of using an obscure parliamentary process to
bring in the regulations that allow fracking to take place under National
Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites.
The government will not be drawn on exactly when the vote will be and is
still refusing a full debate. This is furthering accusations that the
government is pushing the regulations through the parliamentary process
hastily and without scrutiny.
Hannah Martin, Greenpeace campaigner said:- "The government is
sneaking these regulations through the back door, not keeping its promise of
a ban on fracking in protected areas and not allowing a full debate in the
House of Commons. This is disgraceful given that these are highly
controversial proposals that could bring air, light, water and noise
pollution to national parks, World Heritage Sites and wildlife conservation
The government's unwavering support for fracking doesn't make economic or
environmental sense. Fracking pollution will mean flares, drilling rigs, and
heavy lorries polluting the air, spilling over and scarring our most scenic
and precious landscapes. Fracking won't cut bills for people. it won't bring
many new jobs for local residents. But it will likely knock down the value
of families' homes, damage tourism and contribute to climate change. Fracked gas is not necessary to power the UK. Even though the government is
using every trick in the book to usher fracking in as quickly as possible,
it would only deliver gas in a decade and is enormously expensive, requiring
huge tax breaks for the industry. We need to be sourcing most of power from
Renewable energy by then.
People who love and live in the spectacular countryside and nature near the
Peak District, the North York Moors, the South Downs, and who care about
climate change will not stand for a government which is only listening to
the fracking industry lobbyists, and riding roughshod over local wishes to
industrialise our most beautiful scenery and damage the climate."
Greenpeace point to emails disclosed under the Freedom of Information act,
that show Celtique Energy wrote to then energy minister Matthew Hancock in
August 2014 to express concern at government plans to make it more difficult
for fracking firms to drill in national parks.
The company's chief executive Geoff Davis wrote on August 1 2014 that the
plans would make it "difficult" for the firm to explore for shale gas
in West Sussex.
Davis wrote:- "we are concerned and confused by last week's government
statements, which have been portrayed in the media as blocking shale
exploration in national parks and AONB [areas of outstanding natural
beauty]. As you will no doubt appreciate this will make it even more
difficult for Celtique to explore in the Weald and apply in the 14th
Landward Round. This would be shame, given the very large area covered by
national parks and AONB."