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:
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:
|Charged or summonsed||26||36|
|Investigation complete/evidential difficulties/no suspect ID||868||1020|
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.