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Cycling is a fun, healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel around. Millions of people use bikes around the world to get to work or school, or to just travel around, yet in the UK alone more than 500,000 bikes are stolen each year. The point of this article is to try to help you successfully secure your bike and hopefully reduce the risk of your cycle being stolen.


Bikes are one of the easiest items to steal, they are rarely secured properly, easily ridden away and easy to strip down or sell on, some simple steps that you can take to reduce the risk of yours being stolen are:


 - Use more than one lock, the more locks you use the longer it takes for a would be thief to get through them and take the bike.  You don't need loads but 2 or 3 different locks would slow the thief down significantly.  Also make sure you lock it EVERY time you leave it even if it is just for a few seconds, as this is more than long enough for the opportunist thief to take it.

 - Buy a good lock, D-locks or thick cable locks are the most secure.  With a lock you tend to get what you pay for, if you have a £1000 cycle don't secure it with a single £2 thin cable lock, it will be easily cut or broken.  Shop around and look for the 'sold Secure' approved bike locks or ask for recommendations from bike shops, we recommend that you spend around 10% of the bikes value on the lock.

 - Always secure the frame and the wheels to an immovable object, such as a bike rack, tree or railings, although don't secure it so that the lock can be simply lifted off the immovable object.

 - Photograph your bike and keep a copy of the photographs along with the serial number and any make or model details safe. Along with this you can register the bike on

 - Think about where you are leaving it, its their CCTV and lighting? is it a busy area, will people see if someone tries to break the lock and take it.

 - Remove any accessories from the bike

 - Insure the bike

 - ~Finally, mark the bike! There are many ways to do this, you can either use a UV marker pen, get it engraved, or use marking systems such as Smartwater or BikeRegister.  You can also contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be more than happy to mark your bike for you free of charge.  By marking your bike it acts as a deterrent to thieves, it makes it harder to pass or sell on the bike, and they are not going to want to get caught with a bike that clearly does not belong to them.




Many bikes are actually stolen from gardens and sheds at the owners home, so here is some advice around keeping it safe at home:


 - Keep the bike out of sight, don't just leave it on the front garden or driveway

 - Whether it is stored in a shed, garage or the stairwell of a block of flats, keep the doors closed and locked.

 - Fit a good quality lock (or two) to the bike and also to the door of the shed/ garage.  With the shed or garage use non-return screws so that the lock cannot be just removed by unscrewing it out of the frame.

 - Cover shed or garage windows with mesh or hard board so that the thief cannot just break the glass and get in.

 - Install a shed alarm



A would be bike thief will be looking to steal a bike regardless of what you do, the goal with this advice is to make it as hard as possible so that the thief decides stealing you bike is going to be too hard or not worth the trouble.  There is no hard and fast rule that will make your bike 100% secure 100% of the time, however if you follow this advice or use a combination of the suggestions above then this will substantially reduce the risk of your bike being stolen, and if it is stolen, marking it will make it easier for us to return it to you if we find it.


Published 12/06/19