Bicycle security

Bicycles are easy to get about on by cyclists and thieves alike. When leaving your bike unattended, there are some simple things you can do to deter thieves.

Thieves think that cycle theft is a low risk, high reward crime. Follow these simple steps to lock thieves out and ensure your bike remains safe and secure:

1. Get your bike security marked and registered.

Getting your bike security marked and registered with a national database is a visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught in possession of a registered bike, the rightful owner can be traced and they will be arrested.

2. Record details of your bike

Frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), BikeRegister number, other distinguishing features, and take a photo.

3. Use locks of gold 'Sold Secure' standard

Invest in a good bicycle lock. They are relatively inexpensive - D locks or combination locks are best - look for ‘Sold Secure’ approved models or ask at a bicycle shop for a recommendation.

Also, use two different types of lock, with at least one being a high quality D-lock. It takes thieves a few seconds to cut through poor quality locks - make it as difficult for them as possible.

When using a chain to lock your cycle avoid laying it against the ground or against walls as thieves can smash the chains against these. Instead lock the chain high up around your bicycle and what you are locking it to.

4. Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand

Whenever you leave your bicycle unattended, make sure you lock it to something secure. A purpose built bicycle rack is ideal.

5. Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre

Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible. 

Ensure you are not blocking pavements for other users and that you are not using fixtures that have signs asking you not to secure your cycle to them.

6. Take parts that are easy to remove with you

It’s a good idea to take any removable parts (for example, wheels, saddle) with you when you leave your bicycle, or lock them with the bicycle if you can.

7. Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking

It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.

When parking on the street it is generally best to use cycle parking stands. Avoid street furniture as these may be removed by the States. Keep in mind that some posts lift out of the ground, while cycles can be lifted off shorter posts like parking regulation signs.

It is always best to lock your cycle where it will be visible so that thieves will have less opportunity to steal or vandalise it. Avoid hiding your cycle out of public view, which gives thieves the time and privacy to steal it.

8. Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home

Bikes get stolen from communal hallways, gardens and sheds.

If you are storing your bicycle at home, make sure the shed or room is secure, the doors and windows are shut and locked, and that the bicycle is locked to something solid.

Bike Register: The National Cycle Database

Immobilise Scheme: The UK National Property Register


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