Ever wondered where your bike ends up?
The majority of stolen bikes are sent abroad via shipping containers. There are 41 ports in the UK handling 9000 container movements every 24 hours. At least 12 stolen cars and bikes are taken through each day – bound for Africa, India, South America, Asia and Europe. Our four main exit ports; Felixstowe, Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth, along with thousands of other ports around the world are all unwitting participants in the 24-hour criminal intercontinental pipeline.
It’s easy to say ‘search all the containers and vans leaving the country’, but it’s just not practical. Only one in 200 containers are searched and even then, the identification of the contents are a problem for authorities. One visit in one day from a combined task force found 18 stolen vehicles at one port. The police and customs need information on suspicious containers and that is likely to come from people working around the bike industry. We could all play our part in reducing bike crime.
‘Ports around the world are unwitting participants in the criminal pipeline’
Once your bike vanishes into a container you’ll never see it again