Protect your cycle

Hundreds of thousands of bikes are stolen every year across the UK, help protect your bike from theft:



Keep your bike out of sight and in a secure building. If using a shed - check its security.

Where to place your shed? Site it near your property and face the door towards the windows in the house.

Windows - Can they be boarded over or have bars fitted? It’s better if a burglar can’t view inside, so cover the glass.

Hinges - Could a burglar remove the screws? What about coach bolting them through the door or filling in the screw heads. Drilling out the screw head once fitted can work too.

Locks - Don’t cover the door in padlocks, use strong quality, discrete mortice locks.

Alarm it - Battery alarms alert you of an attack, better still have the shed connected to the house alarm.

Garden - Remove any discarded tools, which may be used to break into your shed. Fit a dusk to dawn light, with a movement sensor floodlight, which could alert you to intruders.

Fences - Make your fences hard to climb by fitting trellis, which won’t support a climber’s weight and top with spiky plants.


  • Lock the cycle to an immovable object, which itself can’t be broken. It’s no use investing in a quality lock if the cycle can be carried away.

  • Lock both wheels and the frame together utilising steel wire loops. Take lights panniers and accessories with you.

  • Keep the gap between the bike and the lock small, so inserting tools is made harder.

  • Secure the cycle keeping the lock away from the floor.

  • Whenever possible keep the locking barrel facing the ground to make access more difficult.

Ask your cycle dealer for more advice or visit your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

  • You should invest in quality locks. As a guide, spend at least 10% of the value of the bike. Most cycles stolen in Humberside are locked with cheap locks, which have been easily broken or cut.

  • There are three main type of cycle lock.

  • D locks are harder to cut, but only if the metal is hardened steel.

  • Chains need to be substantial, thick and made from hardened steel to provide reasonable protection.

  • Wire locks and wire loops are lighter and offer less security. Braided wire is by far the strongest due to being harder to cut. Beware of thin wire locks covered by thick plastic sheaths to make them appear strong.

  • You should look for locks which have been tested against attack. Check out for certified locks.

If you are unfortunate enough to have your bike stolen - report it to us



  • Check the bike for postcode or 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 seller’s knowledge of the bike, its size, make/model, who rode it, why they are selling, is their story credible?

  • Peace of mind - for a small fee you can see if the bike has been registered stolen by checking any frame numbers or security engravings with

  • ‘Bike Register’ have a free ‘Bike Checker’ service to find out if a bike registered with them has been reported as stolen



If your bike is stolen how will you get it back if it’s not registered to you?

Register your bike on the national cycle database –

To help the police in identifying stolen property, bringing offenders to justice and preventing someone else benefiting from your loss, register all your property including cycles on for FREE.



Most cycles have a frame number stamped on the frame, which can be registered with  and

An identifiable mark can be added either by engraving or using a commercial marking product. This can also be recorded. Contact your local policing team for more information.

A photo of your cycle will greatly increase the chances of a cycle being recovered and can be added to the property register.



Do you know someone who is always selling bikes? Do you see someone bringing different bikes home each night? They may be bike thieves or profiting from crime.

Report any suspicious activity by calling the Humberside Police non-emergency number 101. If it is a crime in progress call 999.

We have a useful Crime prevention leaflet that you can download below

Mobility Scooter crime prevention advice

- Store your mobility scooter securely when not in use

Parking your scooter in your house or Investing in a small shed specifically for your scooter is worth the time and money to protect it. Alternatively, if you live in a flat with a communal area, ask your neighbours if it is practical to leave your scooter somewhere safer overnight rather than outside.

- Remove the key when leaving the scooter unattended

This may sound like basic advice but many people forget to remove the key from their scooter before going inside a shop, for instance. This gives a thief ample opportunity to take the scooter.

- Use a wheel clamp

A wheel clamp is a strong lock that is independently tested to withstand most tools that thieves use to steal small vehicles such as bicycles. The clamp locks around one wheel and makes it impossible to drive off with the clamp securely in place. A wheel clamp is affordable and simple to use. They are especially useful if you leave your mobility scooter unattended in a public space for long periods of time. A wheel clamp is not always practical if you find it difficult to reach the ground to fit the clamp. If this is the case, our next tip can help.

- Fit a scooter tracker

A small device can be fitted to your mobility scooter that uses mobile phone technology to broadcast the scooter’s location in the event that it is moved without consent. You will need some mobile phone know-how, or someone you trust who can help, but this small piece of technology has helped to retrieve many stolen mobility scooters. It is best to talk to your trusted mobility specialist to learn about mobility scooter trackers.

- Fit a scooter alarm

Similar to a scooter tracker, a scooter alarm can easily be fitted to a scooter. Once activated (at the press of a button) the scooter will sound the alarm if it is sat on or moved. This will attract attention to a thief and stop them in their attempt to steal the scooter.

- Alternate your parking habits

If you travel to the same destination on your scooter everyday, consider changing your parking spot every now and then. As good as a regular routine can be, thieves are quick to notice patterns in behaviour and even quicker to spot an easy target for theft. Ideally, you should keep the scooter in sight but if you cannot, then change your parking spot whenever possible.