This Friday afternoon the British Home Office will be hosting an online chat about bike theft. Increased use of bikes in the UK over the last few years has been accompanied by increased bike theft, and the chat will be an opportunity to ask questions of experts in the field of crime reduction and to share direct experience.
The session runs between 12 noon and 2pm, Friday August 17 on the UK Government's anti-crime site www.crimereduction.gov.uk.
Crime prevention experts taking part include Brian Howat, head of crime reduction at the British Transport Police and Sarah Steege, crime prevention officer, Hampshire Police. The British Transport Police has carried out a number of successful anti-cycle theft initiatives across its London areas earlier this year, targeting prevention, detection and education. Ms Steege has produced a DVD in Southampton aimed at students and keeping them and their property safe. It includes advice about bike theft and security.
There will also be representatives from the Home Office's Crime Strategy Unit (Policy) and Government Office.
To take part in the discussion, go to the Home Office's Crime Reduction chat page on 17 August 2007. If you are a new user, make sure you register before logging in.