Top Tips for Preventing Bicycle Crime

Did you know that in this country alone, a bicycle is stolen every 71 seconds?

The good news is that the majority of bicycle related crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable.

The following few tips below we can all help to reduce these frightening figures and ensure that your bike is always ready and waiting to use:

Did you know that in this country alone, a bicycle is stolen every 71 seconds?

The good news is that the majority of bicycle related crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable.

The following few tips below we can all help to reduce these frightening figures and ensure that your bike is always ready and waiting to use:

Keep it Locked

Always keep your bike locked up in a safe and populated place to improve the chances of someone seeing the crime if your bike is stolen. If you are leaving your bike overnight, also ensure that it is is somewhere well lit as this will also improve the chances of their being an eye-witness.

Use a Garage or Shed When Possible

If possible always use a garage or shed to keep your bike in, and have this locked and alarmed if possible. You may also want to lock the bicycle to something heavy or sturdy in the shed to further decrease the chances of it being stolen.

Use a Good Quality Bike Lock

If you are planning to leave your bike unattended then always use a good quality lock. With the aid of the internet it is easy to find reviews of bike locks, so make sure you go for the best possible option for your bike type, and don’t go for the cheap option!

Mark Your Bike and Keep Documentation

Another good tip is to property mark your bicycle frame using an ultraviolet pen (or equivalent) so that if the stolen bicycle is found it can be returned to easily. You may also want to make a note of the frame/serial number and take some photographs to further prove that the bike belong to you. If you bought the bike new you should also try to hold on to the receipt or any other evidence of the transaction.

That’s all for now, we hope that these tips will help you keep your bike extra-safe when you are out and about!