Invest in a good quality bike lock
The more expensive your bike, the more you should spend. Ideally 10-20 per cent of the cost of your bike.
Look for ‘Sold Secure’ products
Look for products which have been tested against attack. Developed by the police with the help and backing of the Home Office, only the best products receive ‘Sold Secure’ quality approval.
Look for guarantees and warranties
This is an indication of a good quality product the manufacturer has faith in.
Choose D-locks, locks and chains or cables
D-locks are solid steel ‘D’ shaped rings with a locking mechanism at one end. For maximum security, choose a high security padlock and a hardened alloy steel chain with a thick chain link diameter and small internal link size. Security cables come with key or combination locks, multi-strand cables are the most secure.
Lock your bicycle inside your shed or garage
Use a wall or ground anchors for excellent security at home and always keep the shed or garage door locked.
Take out insurance on your bike
Extend your home contents insurance or take out a separate policy.
Security-mark your bicycle
Marking must be clearly visible in two places, ideally on or in the frame.
Record and register your bike
Contact your local police station to register. Take a photograph of your bike and keep a record of its make, model and any unique features, so that you can report it accurately if stolen.
ALWAYS lock your bicycle even if it’s for just a couple of minutes. Try to lock it in a different place every time, and make the bicycle and its security hard to manoeuvre when parked.
Lock your bike through the frame and secure any removable parts. Lock both the wheels and frame together and take any removable parts with you.
Lock your bike to an immovable object
At home use a wall or ground anchor, and when out and about, use a proper bike rack or robust street furniture. Beware of street furniture which is too flimsy or too short, thieves can lift a bike to free it.
At home, lock your bicycle away where it can't be seen.
But when out and about do the opposite - avoid isolated or dimly lit places. Don’t leave your bicycle locked in a public place overnight.
If possible, use more than one lock.
If a thief thinks it will take a long time to break into both locks it will put them off trying.
Keep the gap between the bike and the lock small so bolt croppers or other cutting devices can't easily fit around locks or chains.
Try not to leave too much slack on cables or chains. Keep any chains and locks away from the ground to prevent thieves from trying to smash them with a hammer.
If you are using a padlock, position it with the keyhole as inaccessible as possible. This makes it harder for the thief to access your lock and attempt to pick or drill it.