Photograph your bicycle and record the serial or frame number, and use these details when you register your bike with Immobilise, BikeRegister or Datatag as this helps to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assists in returning property.
Photograph and itemise any accessories or distinguishing features on your bike.
Use a forensic chemical marking kit.
When purchasing locks, chains or cables look for the Sold Secure label and try to spend a minimum of 10% of your bicycle’s value. Sold Secure products are classified into three main categories:
- Bronze Standard locks are tested to withstand an attack from an individual using hand tools for 1 minute.
- Silver Standard locks are expected to last 3 minutes.
- Gold standard locks should withstand 5 minutes of continual attack.
Depending on the value of your bicycle it should be included on your home insurance policy or subject to a separate insurance policy
Bicycles should be locked inside the garden shed to a correctly installed ground anchor or shed shackle; otherwise they should be stored in a secure garage or inside the home.
Plan your journey so you know what security you’ll need when you arrive at your destination, it’s easier to take two locks than report the theft and walk home.
When locking your bicycle ensure you use two locks that pass through a wheel, part of the frame and a secure cycle rack or hoop. If you have quick release wheels make sure you lock the wheels to the frame and take any removable items with you.