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Bicycle Security

Bicycles are one of the most commonly stolen items. Failing to secure them makes them an easy target for thieves.

Bicycle near canal bankHere are some tips of how to prevent bicycle theft:

  • Invest in good quality security. Spend between 10-15% of the value of the bike on its security.
  • Lock your bike frame and wheels to something with two different types of lock! Just using a chain and lock around a bike frame and wheels without locking to something sturdy leaves your bike vulnerable to being carried away. But locking only the frame or the wheels to something could result in unsecured parts being stolen. 
  • Use a chain and D-lock combination. Avoid cable locks as they offer little deterrent to thieves. They are easy to cut with basic cable cutters, hacksaws and even wire cutters.  
  • Lock your bike to something secure such as a bike rack, pedestrian railings or some other large and tough object. Avoid locking to street signs as some are not very high and its very easy to lift bikes over the top of the post. Thieves may also unbolt the sign to lift the bike over.
  • Lock your bike where you can see it. If this is not possible, find a busy, well-lit area.
  • Most bicycles are stolen from home so ensure your sheds, outbuildings and garages are secure. Consider installing ground anchors if you have a concrete floor. If not, look for security-rated products specifically for wooden and metal sheds.
  • Register your bike on Immobilise, or The Bike Register. These are national, police-approved databases.

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