|The British Crime Survey
reports that 439,000 bicycles were stolen in 2005/06.
Steadily increasing up to 2011
Keep hold of your bike by following this advice;
When buying a bike, allow for
Take out insurance, either by extending your home contents
insurance or through a separate policy. Cycling organisations
and bike shops may offer specialist cover.
Do this at the time of purchasing the bike, otherwise
you may not get around to it. Be safe, Be secure!
Record and register your bike
Register your bicycle model, make, colour and frame
number. This assists the police in returning recovered
bikes to their rightful owners. Contact your local police
station for further advice. Some offer marking free
Take a clear, colour photograph of your bike and make
a written record of its description, including any unique
features, so that you can report it accurately if stolen.
Security mark the bicycle.
A number of proprietary marking and tagging systems
are available. To be effective a security marking must:
Be clearly visible – advertise that the bike is security
marked or tagged. For example, attaching a clearly visible
label is a simple option.
Be secure – for example, by using a tamper-resistant
label, etching, etc, or an inaccessible electronic device.
Be placed in at least two separate locations, preferably
on or in the frame. At least one of these locations
should not be clearly visible, ie: inside a wheel is
a great place!
Give clear information via the visible mark (label,
etching, etc) that will quickly allow police to identify
the method of security marking or tagging (and where
applicable the registration company), and through this
identify the owner. Crime Prevention Officers (CPO'S)
or security marking companies can advise if you are
not sure what information to include.
Bike theft from home.
Nearly half of all bicycle thefts take place from an
owner’s home. Simple crime prevention methods can reduce
your chances of having your bicycle stolen.
Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed and keep
the door locked.
Keep it out of public view.
Secure it to an immovable object or consider installing
a floor or wall-mounted anchor lock for extra security.
Out and about
Leave your bike where a potential thief will have to
perform in public! Under a street light, shop or similiar.
Please park your bike safely and considerately. Make
use of cycle parking stands where these are provided.
Park your bike where it will not be a hazard, obstruction
or inconvenience to other pedestrians – particularly
the visually impaired and other disabled people. Allow
space for prams and wheelchairs, other cyclists or occupants
leaving motor vehicles. Never park in front of a fire
If yours is a very expensive bike, don’t lock it in
the same place on a regular basis – so it won’t be noticed
and stolen to order. Think Theif !
It may seem like there are lots of things to think
about when locking your bike, but once you get into
the habit you will be able to lock your bike within
seconds and it will be well worth the trouble!
Always lock your bicycle, even if you are just leaving
it for a couple of minutes.
Lock your bike to an immovable object. Use a proper
bike rack/ground anchor or robust street furniture –
for example lamp posts or railings (but observe requests
not to use certain items of street furniture and be
sure not to cause any damage). Remember that thieves
can remove drainpipes and lift bikes off signposts.
If provision is inadequate, bring this to the attention
of the relevant local authority or property owner.
Lock your bike through the frame.
Secure removable parts. Lock both wheels and the frame
together. Take with you smaller parts and accessories
that can be removed without tools, for example lights,
pumps, computers, panniers and quick-release saddles,
or fit security fasteners on items such as wheels, headsets
and seat posts.
Make the lock (and chain, if used) and bike hard to
manoeuvre when parked – to stop thieves smashing the
Keep the lock (and/or chain) away from the ground.
Keep the gap between the bike and the lock small.
Never leave the lock lying on the pavement – a lock
can be sledgehammered easily when it’s resting on the
Locks can also be picked, so face the lock towards the
ground (but not resting on it) so it can’t easily be
turned upwards for picking.
There are many different products on the market and
price is not necessarily a reliable indicator of quality.
The most important factor is how long the product can
You should look for products that have been tested
against attack. Check out
www.soldsecure.com for certified locks, or ask your
local bike shop for a recommendation. Check the packaging
for more information.
To guard against the opportunist thief you need a product
that has resisted attack for one minute.
To guard against the determined thief you need a product
that has resisted attack for three minutes.
To guard against the dedicated thief you need a product
that has resisted attack for five minutes.
Invest in a good quality bike lock. Hardened steel
D-shaped locks are recommended as the minimum standard.
It is worth spending proportionately more on a lock
for a more expensive bike. You can ask for free advice
from any locksmith from needalocksmith.com.