Protect your cycle
Over 100,000 bikes are stolen every year across the UK, help protect your bike:
TOP TIPS FOR LOCKING YOUR BIKE
- Always use a good quality chain or D lock in towns and cities
- Lock your bike in the most visible and populated area possible
- Make sure what you're locking to is secure
- Position your lock so it is awkward for a thief to attack
- Lock, or take with you anything that can be easily removed - e.g. lights or quick release wheels
- Insure and register your bike [Immobolise Property Register]
- Make it easily identifiable
- Take your lock with you when you ride.
If you are unfortunate enough to have your bike stolen - report it to us
Make sure you don’t buy a stolen bike
Buying a second-hand bike? - Make sure it's not stolen:
- 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 their website.
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.