It's been a year since this seemingly simple idea started to gain traction, so I thought I'd give you an update.
FRAME NUMBER RELEASE
Unfortunately the contacts I was relying on either left the police/home office or became unresponsive. It seems that this simple idea is not simple enough for our risk averse government bodies (although some individuals have been more than helpful).
That said I haven't given up, I've taken on a specialist solicitor who is currently working to get the frame numbers from a particular police force released using new Freedom of Information laws. This effectively removes the decision from them which isn’t something I wanted to do but I don’t see another way of getting the data. The hope is that once the applicable laws have been demonstrated that other forces will see they either release the data voluntarily or they hand it over after a fight which I will happily provide.
I launched CheckThatBike! (www.checkthatbike.co.uk) as a demonstration of how frame numbers can be used and I’m happy to say in the six months it’s been running we’ve flagged 653 bikes (11% of the checks made) using data from industry sources such as ETA Insurance, Brompton, BikeShepherd and a few others.
I’ve thrown my hat into the ring for a major industry award and need your nomination, I hope by getting to the finals it will spur a bit of conversation about the changes that need to happen in order for bike theft to be meaningfully reduced.
If you like what I do and what I stand for you can nominate me by emailing BikeBiz@intentmedia.co.uk. Make sure to mention that your nominating “John Moss of Stolen Bikes UK Ltd” for the “Cycling Advocacy” category.
The finalists will be judged on level of publicity and campaign’s impact on cyclist and potential cyclists so if you can include details for why you feel I meet those requirements that would be fantastic (more information on what I do can be found at http://about.stolen-bikes.co.uk/vote/).
Nominations need to be in by this Monday at 11:59pm so be quick.
Many Thanks and Kind Regards,
Founder of Stolen Bikes UK ltd