Official figures available from open crime data suggests that over 85 per cent of reported bike theft cases conclude with no suspect being identified.
Bike thieves are cycling the streets unpunished, with most investigations being completed after failing to identify a suspect.
Statistics obtained from data.police.uk show that between December 2019 and November 2020, there were 1239 investigations into bike thefts that finished with no suspect identified.
The total number of reported bike thefts in the given period was 1445, which suggests an average of four bike thefts per-day.
The figures show a decrease of 29.9 per cent in the total number of bike thefts reported in comparison to the previous year.
However, the data shows that in 85.7 per cent of investigations into bike theft, the perpetrators have not been found.
Police are failing to investigate bicycle thefts even when they have a pictures, witnesses and CCTV footage, victims have said.
Ashley Weston a 29-year-old care worker in Aspley had his fully customised Cube Hybrid valued at £2000 taken from bells Lane Estate in Aspley in July 2020.
The keyworker reported the incident to the police but said: “I didn’t even see an officer and I’ve heard nothing since.
“The police were informed, they said they were looking for it but there was no result.
“I phoned the police and emailed the pictures to them and I got an email back saying they didn’t have the manpower to go through CCTV footage on bells Lane street, but they said they will look out for it.”
Further analysis of the data shows that the Nottingham City region remains the hotspot for bike thefts in Nottinghamshire.
The most recent figures show bike thefts made up 1.1 per cent of all crimes committed in Nottinghamshire between December 2019 and November 2019.
In the county, Broxtowe has the highest number of reported bike theft cases with 134 and Gedling the fewest with 74.
The city accounted for over half of the total number of reported bike thefts in Nottinghamshire with 740 cases reported between December 2019 and November 2020.
Matt Sanders, 27, is a cycle Courier from Nottingham who had his bike stolen in Hyson Green on 17 December 2020.
He says he informed the police but has yet to hear anything.
Matt said: “The police were informed, they said they were looking for it but there was no result and so nobody charged.
“That was to be expected to be honest.
“The amount of people I’ve known who have had their bikes stolen with no police help is through the roof.”
Bike thefts remains a leading crime nationally, with the latest Home Office Data showing that 88,300 occurred in 2019/20, a fall from 98,300 in the previous reporting year.
The thefts have become a challenging issue for many bike retailers, with many opting to not deal in second-hand trading.
Jamie Ireland, Owner Cycle Inn, Beeston, stated his business chooses not deal in second-hand bikes. He said: “We won’t deal with them anymore for the very reason we don’t have to mess about dealing with bike thefts.
“You’d be surprised at the amount of people who phone up to try and flog us a bike that is clearly not there’s.
“I like to ask the a couple questions to test them and half the time they don’t even know what bike they have.
“It’s too risky to deal with second-hand bikes, it causes a real problem for the business when you have a bike in the shop that someone can prove belongs to them and you’ve already bought it.
“It’s just not worth the hassle, so we stopped doing it.”
Evans cycles, on Maid Marion Way, has adopted a similar policy to prevent dealing with bike thieves.
Dan barker, store supervisor at Evans cycles said that it is regular for their customers to report that their bike is stolen, only for the exact model to later appear at the shop with a hopeful seller.
He said: “We can identify when it is the right bike cause every bike has a unique frame number, there’s been times where we’ve been on the lookout for one just for somebody to bring the bike in the shop with the exact frame number.
“We’ve managed to get a few back that way.”
Nottinghamshire police have been approached for comment but have not responded.