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 best. Look for 'Sold Secure Ltd' approved locks, or ask for a recommendation at a bike shop)
- Lock your bike to something secure, e.g. a bike rack or a lamppost. If there are no bike racks, contact your local council to ask if they can put some in. 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 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. Contact your local police station for further advice
- 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 and keep the door locked
- Keep it out of public view
- Avoid isolated places – leave your bike where a potential thief can be seen
Did you know...?
More than half of all bicycle thefts take place from someone's property
Download the factsheet ‘Steer clear of cycle theft' by the Home Office