Street near Chapel Market is cycle theft hotspot
PUBLISHED: 19:30 02 August 2011 | UPDATED: 09:14 03 August 2011
A small lane near a busy market has emerged as a hotspot for cycle thefts with dozens reportedly stolen from the area.
The Gazette reported last week that figures from the Metropolitan Police Service released by Transport for London (TfL) show Islington is the second worst London borough for bicycles being taken in London with nearly 1,600 stolen in 12 months.
Khaal Mih, a restaurant worker in Chapel Market, Islington, said several customers have had their pedal bikes go missing from the public cycle rack in Godson Street.
He urged Islington Council to improve lighting or move the facilities to another place around Chapel Market.
Mr Mih said: “Around 30 or 40 customers have had their bikes stolen going back over the past three or four years.
“We have no control what happens outside but obviously feel sorry for the customers. It is not a nice experience.
“In one case a bike stolen was worth £1,400, which is a considerable amount of money.
“It seems to be the work of professionals. They seem to go in seconds even if they are secured with a strong lock.”
A spokesman for Islington Council said: “We installed the cycle bay on Godson Street following a local request in 2009 and at a cost of £1,000.
“We have not received reports of any particular problems with bike theft at this location but will visit the area after dark this week to check the lighting levels.
“If security can be improved we will consider what changes could be made in consultation with local residents and businesses.”