UK Police Stop and Proof Campaign
Lancashire police have recently started a targeted “stop and proof” campaign where given cyclists are being stopped by the police and asked to prove ownership of the bicycle either through a receipt, bank statement, insurance policy etc. The police then have the authority to confiscate bicycles that they don’t deem properly documented—a ridiculous, big brother campaign with reasonable goals (bring down high bike theft rates) but completely unrealistic means. I’ve not once cycled about with documentation that the bike in question in in fact mine, and in many cases such documentation simply doesn’t exist. As seen on Going Going Bike.