Figures from Police Scotland have revealed that Edinburgh City Centre had the 2nd highest number of reported bike thefts in Scottish council wards in 2020/21, with fewer than 1 in 10 thefts being solved.
Liberal Democrat City Centre spokesperson Andy Foxall said, “Bike theft is a problem of which I am acutely aware – I had my own bike stolen last year too!
“Edinburgh has seen its community policing budget gutted by the current SNP/Labour coalition administration and it’s no surprise that this has coincided with a rise in crime and anti-social behaviour. The truly worrying aspect of these figures is how few reported thefts are actually resolved.
“Liberal Democrats proposed protecting community policing budgets at the last Council budget, however there is unfortunately no quick fix. So I also want to raise awareness of other methods City Centre residents can use to protect their bikes – bike marking allows your bike to be registered by the police meaning it is more easily identified if stolen, and high-security locks still provide a deterrent to would-be bike thieves.”