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.
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.
For further crime prevention advice please contact a member of your local Neighbourhood Police Team.