Acquisitive crime, meaning making money out of an offence like shoplifting, burglary, theft and robbery, has been declining for decades but has recently began climbing again.
The Covid-19 lockdown further reduced crime as criminals found it less easy to carry out their activities without being noticed. However bikes have become an increasing target for thieves during lockdown, especially electric bikes used by key workers.
Crime is expected to rise when lockdown comes to an end.
An indication of what is likely to happen comes from a study by the Centre for Economic Performance, 'Covid-19 and changing crime trends in England and Wales'.
The study looked at the impact of the lockdown from Marh to May 2020 and highlighted how crime fell during the lockdown but rapidly returned to above normal thereafter.
Crime has declined hugely in the past two decades, led by enormous reductions in car crime and burglary. Thefts of cars, for example, fell by 70% between 1995 and 2011.
However there has been a rise in other types of crime, particularly thefts of high value items such as smart phones, iPads, and handbags. Thefts from gardens and garden sheds have also shown a significant increase. In the same period where car theft declined, bike theft rose by 44%.
Car theft declined because technology got too tough to crack, immobilisers and GPS, for example. Now It's Mine Technology is bringing the same approach to protecting your personal possessions.
Combined with the latest findings from behavioural psychology It's Mine Technology is designed to make a thief think twice before looking for another victim.
The It's Mine Technology solution suite is designed to stop a thief in his tracks. The technologies are mutually supportive because a thief is never going to be in a postition to know just what threat he is facing.
When he sees our branding he knows that there is, at the very least, a chip involved, perhaps more than one. But there could also be an alarm or a tracking device because he knows that we supply these things too. Have a look at the range of options we provide at the top of this page.
Thieves really don't like that level of uncertainty and we are in the business of making their lives a great deal harder.
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