Bike Theft

General advice

  • If you aren’t sitting on the saddle, then lock your bike with a good quality D-lock, the best you can afford. As a rule of thumb, it should cost at least 10% of the bike’s value.
  • Make sure the street furniture that you’re locking it to is realy immobile. Don’t lock your bike to a gate, if the whole gate can be lifted off it’s hinges. Even tall poles are also poor fixing points, as bikes can be lifted over the top of them. A smaller U-Lock may be more secure as its shackle will be filled so will more difficult for thieves to force it open with a jack.
  • Remove the manufacturers’ stickers from the frame and forks and paint them (badly) – it isn’t pretty, but it should deter thieves.
  • When your bike is at home, consider fitting a ground or wall anchor to lock your bike to – and always keep it locked up, even when it’s in a locked garage.

Parts and Accessories

  • If you have quick release levers on your wheels and saddle, then consider replacing these with allen key skewers (or better still, lockable security skewers). Also you should use a cable to secure the wheels and use the D-lock as a padlock through the frame and cable.
  • When the bike is parked, remove lights, pump, saddle and water bottles and take them with you.
  • While cycling, a small carabina will ensure that your panniers stay attached to your bike (you can get these from a climbing/outdoor pursuits shop)

Alternative Bikes

  • If you are buying a new bike and haven’t got a secure place to lock it, then consider getting a folding bike, that you can take with you/keep under your bed/desk.

To secure your shed /garage

  • Alarm or brick-up any windows
  • Fix a shed alarm (motion-sensor) inside
  • Set up a solar PIR (motion sensing) light outside
  • Install a camera
  • Make sure the door has a lock and/or padlocked bolts and can not be pulled open – it must be anchored to the floor with an inside bolt. Alarmed Padlocks are best
  • Make sure the door hinges have security bolts not screws that can be undone on the outside

In case it does get stolen…

  • Record the bike’s frame number and keep a photo (or description) somewhere safe and consider tagging it at a bike shop/police station.
  • Register it here or here to help the police return it to you if it’s found.
  • The cheapest way to insure your bike may be through your home contents insurance. Alternatively, click here for links to specialist Cycle Insurance Companies.

Bike theft does not matter!

  • If you buy a good basic road bike new (£300+bits) for daily commuting, you can recoup public transport costs that you would have spent in about 6 months. This means that if you keep a bike for longer, you make money!

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