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Stop thieves selling our bikes on eBay and Gumtree

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Last year in Britain 440,000 bikes were stolen that's 1,200 every day. If you were one of the unlucky victims, you know how sickening it is to return to the place you thought you’d safely left your bike – only to find that some thief has broken the lock and stolen it. Many stolen bikes are found when the criminal tries to sell them. Buyers and the police can check the bike's unique Serial number (printed on the chassis) and search online to see if its been registered as stolen. But if the criminals sell the bikes on auction or second hand sites like E-Bay and Gumtree, they don’t have to put the serial number on the advert – and if the buyer doesn’t ask for it, they can end up with stolen property. Not only are they unwittingly giving money to criminals, they risk the bike being confiscated and could face prosecution. We want Gumtree and E-Bay to join the fight against bike crime by making it compulsory for sellers to publish the serial number of any advertised bike. This would not only protect online shoppers, but make it easier for the police to search for stolen bikes - and stop the thieves profiting from their crime. Don’t let the internet be a place for criminals to make money – help us cyclists protect the bikes we love.


I am one of those unlucky victims, who's bike has been stolen one too many times. As I looked into the system of bicycle security in the UK, I found that there's an amazing amount of loop holes for thieves to get away and get rid of the bikes. I decided to take a stand against bicycle-theft and hopefully with the help of eBay and Gumtree, the two biggest online sites used by these individuals, we can slow down or even stop the reselling. Magdalen Jagri

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