According to Cycleplan around 376,000 bikes are stolen each year in the UK. This is not surprising perhaps as bikes are expensive. An average adult bike costs something between £200 to £300, whilst a high-spec bike can cost in the range of a £1000 plus. And, once the thief has their hands on it, it’s not always easy to trace and retrieve the bike, as the thief may have changed the bikes appearance or sold it on to someone else.
Bike security 101 is a beginners’ guide to bike security and gives easy but effective tips to stop your bike from being stolen:
Register your bike
By registering your bike you’re increasing your chances of getting it back if the police are able to recover it. The process is incredibly quick and simple, and most of the time it’s free. Plus, it doesn’t damage your bike in any way. It involves placing a sticker on the bike with a unique reference which corresponds to your personal details. You can apply online for marking kits from BikeRegister who is the UK’s police approved national cycle database. Or, you can contact your local police to see when their next bike registering scheme is taking place.
Buy sturdy bike locks
A sturdy bike lock is a must for any bike-lover. Whilst it’s not a guarantee your bike won’t be stolen, it makes it more difficult for the thieves. It’s recommended that you use U-locks. One to secure the back part of the frame and the wheel, and a different make of U-lock to secure the front of the bike.
Store it indoors
Once you’re finished with the bike for the day, store it indoors for the night. Most thieves know that bikes are stored in sheds and garages, so if you can, invest in a secure bike storage solution, like wall-mounted racks or ceiling hooks. There are so many options available to suit your budget, space and needs so you’ll find something that is right for you.
Leave it in a safe place
If you use your bike daily, like to get to work, for example, try to store it in a dedicated bike parking area which is equipped with secure bike storage. If you don’t have this option, try to avoid leaving it in secluded areas like stairways or dark alleyways. Plus, try to not lock it in the same place every day, as thieves will become aware that the bike is being left unattended for prolonged periods of time.
As well as the emotional upheaval of your bike being stolen, there is also the cost of replacing it to think about. Whilst, ensuring your bike won’t prevent it from being stolen, it will help in replacing it. And, if your bike is expensive the cost of ensuring it is a small price to pay for your peace of mind.
By following these tips and advice, hopefully, you can protect your bike from thieves so you can enjoy more cycling adventures with your family or friends.