The vast majority of bicycle thefts are opportunistic. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to take a bike which is not secured.
A number of bikes are stolen every year from within people's 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 protection
- Lock it or lose it – even if you just pop to the shops for two minutes
- 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 by others
- Remove anything that can’t be secured – such as lamps and pumps
- Permanently mark your bike using a police preferred product
- Register your bike with BikeRegister.com for free. Visit the Bike Register website or download the Bike Register form.
- 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 removed
Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of police projects focusing on the design and security of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.
You can search for police approved products on the SBD website.