Reports of the stealing of bicycles are up, with the nationwide average increasing by 17 per cent last year when compared with 2015, and one particular London borough seeing ride-aways grow by a shocking 44 per cent.
This is according to insurer Direct Line, which says that this works out to about one bike being stolen around the country every six minutes. The reasons for this are many and varied, with the blame being apportioned to the fact that more people use bikes to commute around the cities these days, organised gangs stealing expensive models to order, and... people continually living in East London, where reported thefts grew by over 40 per cent.
Direct Line says this means you should add your bike to your home insurance policy, if you have one, as then there might be a nice new one in it for you if you can't get the police to pull your old stolen one out of the hands of whoever's selling it on Gumtree. [Standard]