Cycles are a great way to get around, but do you do enough to keep it secure? With over 100,000 bikes stolen every year across the UK, you can’t be too protective.
- Good quality locks make all the difference when it comes to the theft of bikes. Spend a bit of money on a decent D-lock and you will really reduce the chance of your bike being stolen. For more details visit www.soldsecure.com.
- Lock both tyres, and remove any extras (like lights or seats if removable).
- Record your bikes frame reference, as well as, it’s make and model onto www.immobilise.com.
- If you can’t find a secure bike store, lock up your bike where it can be seen – in a busy street, or near somewhere with good lighting and CCTV.
- Think twice about posting ‘track My Ride’ app results or pictures of your bike on social media sites, especially if your home address can also be viewed. Most Track My Ride apps have settings which stop within a given distance of your home address. Check your security settings and set at least a 1000m exclusion zone around your house.
- Use Property Identification Tools to help us identify stolen property
- Finally, if it gets stolen report to the police.
Make sure you don’t buy a stolen bike
We know people often buy cycle second hand but we would urge people to ensure they don’t buy a stolen cycle by making a few simple checks.
- Check the cycle for postcode security engravings and question the seller if the postcode does not match their address.
- Ask for the buyer’s pack - original documents, receipts, tools and handbook, which came with the bike.
- Check the sellers knowledge of the bike, its size, make/model, who rode it, why they are selling, is their story credible?
- Checkmend - for a small fee you could see if it is registered stolen by checking any frame numbers or security engravings with the immobilise stolen database by visiting www.checkmend.com/uk/
Cycle security assessment key
Community Policing Teams across Humberside are regularly assessing the way cycles are locked, whether they are registered on immobilise and if security could be improved as part of routine police patrol. This assessment is then left on the cycle in the form of a self-adhesive strip.
This section of the cycle crime prevention area explains what each the cycled letter on this assessment means.
You are encouraged to improve your security in future if recommendations have been identified.
D - Not locked
B - Poor quality lock
H - Lock not used to best effect
F - Not locked to a permanent fixture
A - Good quality lock
G - Best use of lock to greatest effect.
I - All accessories removed
C - Secured to permanent fixture.
E - Recommend registering with www.Immobilise.com