Crime data released by Lothian and Borders Police shows that the number of stolen bikes in the Leith Neighbourhood partnership area has been steadily declining since 2010.
Despite this, there were still 228 bikes stolen across the two Leith Walk and Leith wards last year.
The decline in thefts has been achieved almost entirely as a result of improvements in the Leith Walk ward, which have helped to offset a smaller rise in bike thefts in the Leith Ward.
One reason for the overall decline may be the focus by the authorities in the Leith Walk area on improving the security of common stairwell doors.
The city-wide data, which you can see in the table below, shows that the Leith wards are in 6th and 7th place in the overall bike crime league table for the city. In 2012, the worst area of the city for bike crime was the Southside and Newington area.
Sadly, the data also shows that if you are unlucky enough to have your bike stolen, the chances of having your bike recovered by the police are pretty minimal.
Bike thefts in Edinburgh
|Ward||2012 - Thefts||2011 - Thefts||2011 – Recovered||2010 – Thefts||2010 – Recovered||2009 – Thefts||2009 – Recovered|
|EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE||180||180||16||177||12||221||14|
The data was released by STV, who point out that city-wide four bikes are stolen every day.
Having your bike stolen is rubbish. In area like Leith where there are loads of tenements, try to avoid storing your bike in the common stairwell if you can, as lots of bikes seem to be stolen this way. If you have no room in your flat, consider getting a folding bike.
To help you avoid having your bike stolen we found this short film made by Avon and Somerset Police which gives a few examples of good and bad ways to lock your bike.[youtube=http://youtu.be/ZUWfiaz44nA]