Design Council set to launch anti-bike theft initiative

The Design Council, on behalf of the Home Office, is set to launch an initiative to tackle residential bicycle theft.

The Design Council has briefed the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central St Martins College of Art and Design to research bicycle theft from private residences.

Next year the Design Council will put out an open call for designers to respond to a range of briefs tackling the issue. Project delivery is scheduled for March 2011.

The Design Council says that to date, the majority of research into bicycle theft has concentrated on theft in public places and little research has concentrated on bicycles stolen in or around people’s homes.

The British Crime Survey reports that nearly two thirds of bicycle thefts occur in the near vicinity of the victim’s home.

The project is part of the Design Council’s Design Out Crime initiative and is funded by the Home Office’s Design and Technology Alliance Against Crime.

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