Cycle security is always an issue with many being stolen from many locations including the town centre, residential areas and educational establishments. Some of these cycles were secured while others were left insecure. Cycles are often not secured properly and this makes it easy for thieves.
Where do they go? A number of places - in a container abroad, to another part of the country stored in premises, or sold either as a cycle or cycle parts via the Internet or third parties.
By taking some appropriate precautions and using good quality security products, and using them well, you can help keep your property safe. Use the best security you can afford. Don't secure a £2,000 bicycle with a £20 lock. As a guide, look to spend 10 - 15% of the value of the item on its security. Look for a "Sold Secure" certified chain and padlock or "D-Lock", preferably gold-rated but certainly not below silver. Consider what you chain it to whether at home or whilst out - is that secure? Is it well=overlooked to provide natural security?
Make a note of the frame number; security mark the cycle (there are a number of different methods available) and you can register property including cycles free of charge at www.immobilise.com. Take a photograph of the cycle and any areas of damage or marks of identification, some insurance companies may require one with the owner in the picture with it.
Don't forget at home:
- Don't leave garage doors open for long periods showing your expensive cycle and other property;
- Consider a ground anchor or a shed shackle within your shed or garage
- look at your shed or garage's security and ensure you have good locks, and that the hinges are protected;
- Consider a shed alarm.
Check with your insurance company to see what security standards they require for your insurance cover to be valid.
For further advice contact your local Crime Prevention Officer using the 101 Police non-emergency telephone number.