Now that summer is here and we are all trying to get a bit fitter by getting on our bikes the police are starting to see an increase in bike theft, so here are some top tips about keeping yourself mobile this year:
• Invest in good quality security. Spend between 10-15% of the value of the bike on its security.
• Lock your bike frame AND wheels TO something with two different types of lock! Just using a chain and lock around a bike frame and wheels without locking to something sturdy leaves your bike vulnerable to being carried away. But locking only the frame or the wheels to something could result in unsecured parts being stolen.
• Use a Chain and D-lock combination – avoid cable locks. Cable locks offer little deterrent to thieves as they are easy to cut with basic cable cutters, hacksaws and even wire-cutter.
• Lock your bike to something secure. Where possible secure your bike to a bike rack, pedestrian railings, or some other large and tough object. Avoid locking to street signage – some are not very high and makes it easy to lift bikes over the top of the post. Thieves may also un-bolt the sign to do this.
• Natural surveillance. Lock your bike where you can see it. If this is not possible, find a busy, well-lit area.
• Security at home. Most bicycles are stolen from home so ensure your sheds, outbuildings and garages are secure. Consider installing ground anchors if you have a concrete floor. If not, look for security rated products specifically for wooden and metal sheds.
• Bike registration. Register your bike on The Bike Register. These are national, police approved databases.
Message Sent By
Alan Osborne (Safer Together, Coordinator, Boston and South Holland)