Leeds and Bradford Motorcycle Theft Figures

We’ve carried out a new Freedom of Information Act request covering motorcycle thefts in postcode areas beginning with BD and LS for 1st April 2015 – 31st March 2016, and 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. As before the recovery and prosecution¬† rates are extremely low. The figures are as follows:

First the recovery rates:

2015-16 2016-17
Recovered 449 509
Not recovered 554 603
Total 1003 1112
Recovery rate 44.77% 45.77%

And in a graph:

If your bike is stolen you’ve got a less than 46% chance of seeing it again.

Next, the actions taken after theft:

2015-16 2016-17
Investigations ongoing 103 50
Charged or summonsed 26 36
Cautioned 5 5
Community resolution 1 1
Investigation complete/evidential difficulties/no suspect ID 868 1020
Total 1003 1112

The chances of something actually happening to bike thieves is less than 10%. And in a graph:

We’re not happy with these very low rates and we’re working with the police to do what we can to improve things. We’ll keep you posted about what happens.