Theft of bikes is a real issue, with thousands being stolen across the Humberside Policing area every year. This is one area where crime prevention can have a massive impact and a small personal investment can drastically reduce your chance of becoming a victim.
Top Five Tips to prevent cycle theft.
Never leave your bike outside your house or in your garden unlocked. Ideally store it in your house, particularly if it is worth a lot, but if you have to keep it in a shed or garage make sure the shed or garage has a good quality lock and block out any windows. Don't just leave your bike in a shed or garage, lock it inside and consider locking it to a cycle anchor that is bolted to the wall or floor.
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.
If you are leaving your bike in the street, where possible, use well-lit cycle stands that are fixed to the ground and lock both your frame and your wheels to the stand. If there are no stands lock your bike to secure street furniture like railings and lamp posts.
Lock your bike in places where there are plenty of people and ideally a spot covered by a CCTV camera.
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.
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