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Cumbria bike thieves ‘getting away with crimes’

Most bike thefts taking place in Cumbria result in the thief getting away with the crime.

According to data printed by the North West Evening Mail, there were 1,041 bike thefts in Barrow, Ulverston and Millom in the last five years and only 60 of them – which is less than six per cent – ended with anybody being convicted for the crime.

South Cumbria Inspector Mike O'Hagan explained one of the reasons is that it can be very hard for officers to trace the stolen bikes as they are so portable.

"Information concerning these crimes isn't always forthcoming because they can take place that quickly it doesn't really come on people's radars," he said.

Victims are likely to need to make a claim on their cycle insurance policy in order to replace their stolen bike.

Data from West Midlands Police recently showed that 52 police bikes have been stolen in the last ten years, the Coventry Telegraph reported.

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