|Keeping your Bicycle Safe|
Bicycles can be some of the easiest vehicles for thieves and vandals to target. You can protect yourself from becoming a victim by following some simple steps :-
- Get a good bike lock (D locks or combination locks are extremely effective).
- Lock your bike to something secure, e.g. a bike rack or a lamppost. Always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes.
- Make the lock and bike difficult to manoeuvre when parked - keep the lock away from the ground and keep the gap between the bike and lock small.
- Lock up removable parts (e.g. wheels) and take light fittings with you.
- Have your bike's frame security-marked (using Property Marking kits) or engraved.
- Take out insurance, either by extending your home contents insurance or through a separate policy. Cycling organisations and bike shops may offer specialist cover.
- Record and register your bike - register your bicycle model, make and frame number. (Look in our property marking section for Cycle Marking Kits and Property Marking Kits).
- Take a clear colour photograph of your bike and make a written record of its description, including any unique features.
- Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed. Make sure Shed or Garage is Padlocked and Alarmed.
- Fit CCTV or Dummy Cameras overlooking where the bikes are stored.
- Keep it out of public view. Avoid isolated places, leave your bike where a potential thief can be seen.