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1,200 bikes stolen every day, insurer claims

Around 16 per cent of cycle thefts take place in the home, Sainsbury's Bank said today.The home insurance provider made the eye-catching claim as it released new bike theft data, which was derived from claims histories dating back to 2004.According to Sainsbury's, an average of 1,208 bikes are stolen each day in the UK - with many people taking inadequate security measures to prevent the thefts.For example, Tory leader David Cameron had his cycle stolen in Notting Hill recently, after he attached it to a small bollard while shopping in Portobello Market.All the thief had to do to steal the bike was to lift it away.Neil Laird at Sainsbury's commented: "David Cameron is far from being the only person to have a bike stolen."Unfortunately, bicycles are a popular target for thieves as they can be relatively easy to steal and re-sell. It's important cyclists consider their bike security at home as well as away."

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