The vast majority of bicycle thefts are opportunist thefts. It
only takes a few seconds for the opportunist to take a bike which
is not secured.
There are a number of bikes stolen each year from within peoples
own properties, either from sheds or garages.
Follow our simple crime prevention tips to help keep your
bicycle safe from thieves
When you are out and about
- Get a good quality bike lock – solid ‘D’ locks offer good
- Lock it or lose it – even if you just pop to the shops for two
minutes, many thefts are opportunistic.
- Always lock your bike to an immovable object. Don’t just lock
the frame to the wheel.
- Leave your bike in a well-lit area where it can easily be seen
- Remove anything that can’t be secured – such as lamps and
- Permanently mark your bike using a police preferred
- Register your bike with BikeRegister.com for free. Visit the Bike
Register website or download the
BikeRegister form here.
- Take out insurance on your bike and be sure to cover for thefts
away from home. Take a photo of your bike and write a clear
description of it for your own records.
- Mark your bike – contact a member of your local Neighbourhood
Policing Team for further advice.
Securing your bike whilst at home
- If you store your bike in a shed or garage, fit a ground or
wall anchor and lock your bike to it.
- Lock valuables together to prevent them being easily
For further crime prevention advice please contact a
member of your local Neighbourhood Police Team on 101.