5 Tips to Keep your Bicycle Safe and Secure
In the UK, a bicycle is stolen on average every minute. By taking these simple actions, you can keep your bike safe and reduce the likelihood it'll happen to you.
1. Where to park?
Always lock your bicycle wherever you leave it – it only takes seconds to steal an unsecured bike. Make sure it's locked in a well-lit public area with lots of people passing. Stations and public buildings often have designated areas with bicycle racks. Remember to read signs in the area you intend to park being sure not to park illegally.
2. Use a good-quality lock
Only use a good quality D-lock. A poor quality lock at the lower end of the market can be easily cut through. It certainly pays to invest in the best quality lock you can afford (At least £30 -£40). Always lock your bicycle to something immovable, an object a bicycle cannot be lifted over and cannot be broke, cut or removed i.e. chain link fencing, grilles, gates or trees - check the object is fastened to the ground. For maximum protection use two locks of different types (a D-lock and robust chain and padlock is ideal) Make sure you lock up both the bike's frame, and wheels too. Find out more about bike locks and how best to lock up your bike.
3. Secure it at home
As many as half of all bicycles are stolen from their owner's home. Always lock your bike at home even when it is in your garage, flat or halls of residence. Make sure you keep your bicycle out of view of prying eyes if possible too.
4. Get insurance
If you own a decent bike, then it's probably a good idea to insure it. There are several ways you can do this. You could insure your bicycle on your home contents insurance (don't forget to cover it for thefts away from home). More expensive bicycles may require specific insurance cover against theft and accidental damage. London Cycling Campaign offer Urban Cycling Insurance, as do a range of other companies.
5. Tag and register your bike
Getting your bike permanently tagged and registered is an essential way to both protect if from theft, and increase the chances if it being found if it is stolen. Camden Council run regular bike marking events, or if you can't wait, you could mark your own bike yourself, using a kit from Bike Register.
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