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Cyclist launches app to highlight bike theft hotspots in London after his was stolen

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 09/10/2016 Jamie Bullen

A cyclist whose bike was stolen near a police station is set to unveil a new app to shine a light on London’s most crime-ridden hotspots for thefts.

Musician Enoch Adolfo, of Finsbury Park, said he came up with the idea for the app after he became a victim of the crime in May 2013.

The 23-year-old chained up his £350 Specialized Sirrus hybrid bike yards from Camden police station but later found it had been cut away by thieves.

After looking up online crime statistics, Mr Adolfo realised he had left it in an area plagued by bike theft.

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App: The Citybiker app uses online crime statistics to map out the areas most plagued by bike thefts (Enoch Adolfo)

He said his app Citybiker maps the safest spaces to lock up bicycles in a bid to tackle the problem which he described as one of the biggest for riders in the capital.

Figures suggest up to 70,000 bikes were stolen across London last year, with the majority of thefts not reported to police.

Mr Adolfo said: “I thought my bike would be fine outside a police station, but had I locked it up 100 yards down the road, statistically it would have been much safer.

“Cyclists know that there is information out there on traffic blackspots, but we don’t necessarily know where the theft hot spots are.”

The app will be officially launched in Bethnal Green next Thursday after a soft unveiling last month which reached around 80 regular users.

Mr Adolfo added: “I’m delighted with how the app has been received so far. The next stage for me is to look into GPS tracking and more in depth updates on crime hotspots.

“Eventually I’d like to take it to other cities in the UK and across Europe.”

MPs, investors, Strava and the London Cycling Club are expected to be among the audience at the launch in Maker Wharf.


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