Inform the police if you have your bike stolen. You can report the theft to the Metropolitan police online or by phone or in person at your local police station. Ask for your CAD (Computer Aided Despatch) or CRIS (Crime Reference Information System) number. This will help you trace the progress of your case and may be needed for your insurance claim.
In Islington, you can call the police directly – Holloway Station (Hornsey Road) 020 7263 9090, Islington Station (Tolpuddle Street) 020 7704 1212 or for the rest of London call 0845 305 1234.
Look at bikeshd.co.uk the site ‘scrapes’ photos of each day’s London bike sales onto its home page so you can look through & see if you can see your bike & on which website it is advertised for sale.
Also email the ICAG yahoo group as we have managed to retrieve bikes in the past. When others know, they make an effort to look out for stolen bikes.
Also other members have managed to retrieve their bicycles the following weekend after the bikes were stolen at Brick Lane Market. Involving a police officer usually means that bikes are quickly reunited with their owners.
A word of caution: Don’t help to create a market in which thieves can operate. When buying a second-hand bike, make sure the seller owns it. When buying a new bike, purchase from a recognised dealer.
If and when you replace your bike photograph and register it.