Surbiton second in London list of bike theft hotspots

Kingston Guardian: Surbiton second in London list of bike theft hotspots Surbiton second in London list of bike theft hotspots

Cycle theft from Surbiton station is so high that it has topped a table of year-on-year rises in bike thefts.

A British Transport Police table, containing 25 of the highest cycle theft reporting stations during 2009-10, placed Surbiton at number two.

There were 44 thefts reported in that period. Norbiton also made the table, at number nine, with 16 reported thefts.

The figures emerged in the Mayor of London’s new draft cycle security plan, that aims to reduce the risk of bikes being stolen or vandalised.

South West Trains recently moved to improve security at the station by installing a secure cycle compound.

It was welcomed by commuters, but there have been complaints that early commuters cannot get access to the compound, so are parking further away or using street parking, putting their bikes at risk.

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