As thefts rise, charity Crimestoppers asks ‘Who is pedalling bike theft?’

As the weather hots up and cycling becomes ever more popular, criminals are increasingly turning their attention to the lucrative profits to be made from stolen bikes and bike parts.

Whether you are hitting the trails, working, enjoying a long ride or storing your bike at home, the charity is reminding you to secure your bike and urge the public to speak up 100% anonymously about who’s behind the thefts.

In 2020/21, the number of bike thefts in Scotland rose again to 5,470 – an 18.9% increase on the previous year. That’s why over the busy summer months, Crimestoppers’ bike theft campaign will equip the public and partners with simple information on how to secure and register your bike. The campaign will encourage those who know about those involved in bike theft to speak up 100% anonymously.

Angela Parker, National Manager for Crimestoppers Scotland, said:

‘Scotland is a fantastic country for cycling and more than ever people are hitting the trails. Sadly, the joy can be taken out of cycling with bikes stolen from gardens, sheds or left unattended. Our campaign in partnership with Scotland’s cycling organisations will hopefully protect more bikes from theft and decrease the criminal proceeds from the sale of often expensive stolen bikes and parts.”

You can give information 100% anonymously via our secure online form at: or by phone on 0800 555 111.

Superintendent Claire Dobson from Police Scotland said:

“Bikes play a key part in many people’s lives whether they are using them as part of their employment, commuting to work or purely for pleasure. When these are stolen the impact can be significant.

“Police Scotland is delighted to support this campaign and I would urge the public who have information on this crime to anonymously contact charity Crimestoppers. Please do take all the necessary steps to secure your bike, a range of useful crime prevention advice is available on our website at “

For more advice on how to protect your bike, visit Bike Register, where you can join the UK’s national, police-approved, bicycle marking & registration scheme: