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Protect Your Bicycle from Thieves

Thousands of bikes are stolen nationally every year, but by following some simple advice, you can help beat the thieves and keep your bike safe.

Communication is essential if we are to tackle bike crime effectively.

  • Inform the police if you have your bike stolen. To report a stolen bike fill in the Report a crime or incident form, call 101 or visit your local police station. For your nearest police station go to the police stations page and search using your postcode.
  • Don't help to create a market in which thieves can operate. When buying a second-hand bike, make sure the seller owns it. When buying a new bike, purchase from a recognised dealer.
  • Find out about and take part in local cycling initiatives to raise awareness about cycle security.
  • Join one of the many cycling organisations to keep up to date with what is going on locally and nationally.
  • Contact your local crime prevention officer, local authority, employer or the land owner about the installation of cycle parking where secure anchorages are insufficient or non-existent.

Important: If you believe you are being offered a stolen bike, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website.

Keeping your bike safe

  • Invest in a good lock, even if it seems expensive. It could save you hundreds in the long run in replacing stolen parts or even an entire bike.
  • Always use two different lock types. Use each lock to catch the wheels, frames and stands.
  • Make sure all removable parts of the bike are taken with you.
  • Where possible, lock to an official stand that’s firmly in the ground.
  • Be security savvy. Bike thieves know their locks (and how to break them) and so should you!
  • Consider electronic tagging.
  • To register your bike visit the Bike Register website.
  • Keep a permanent record of your bicycle by downloading a Bicycle Passport. To get a bike passport visit the Cycle Woking website.
  • Insure your bike on your home contents insurance but don’t forget to cover it for thefts away from home.
  • If you don’t need them, replace quick release levers with bolt up security skewers that are more difficult to remove.
  • Always lock your bike at home, even when it’s in your garage, flat or halls of residence.
  • Consider investing in a ground anchor and attach it securely to a wall or concrete floor.
  • Avoid cable-style locks and never buy a lock with a combination. Buy locks that have achieved the Sold Secure award.

Useful links

Bike Register website

Sustrans website

Relentless Banner Bikes

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