Concern over bike thefts

INCREASING numbers of bike thefts in Herts have prompted St Albans MP Anne Main to call for action. She has highlighted Government figures which show that over the last five years the number of bikes stolen has risen each year from 1,339 in 2001-2, to 1,8

INCREASING numbers of bike thefts in Herts have prompted St Albans MP Anne Main to call for action.

She has highlighted Government figures which show that over the last five years the number of bikes stolen has risen each year from 1,339 in 2001-2, to 1,826 in 2006-7, nearly a 30 per cent increase.

The figures concern her because the bicycle is a sustainable form of transport which helps cut down on car use.

She pointed out that it was much harder to encourage people to lead greener lives by choosing to travel on two wheels if their bike was just going to be stolen.

She felt there was a need for well-lit secure places at the station and the city centre where people could leave their bikes safely.

Mrs Main has written to the station operator First Capital Connect and St Albans District Council to find out what they are doing to help resolve the problem.

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