Simple steps to avoid getting your bike stolen

Days are getting longer and hopefully the weather will soon be warmer so now could be the time to get your bicycle out of hibernation.

Cycling is a quick and convenient way to get out and about in your local area but it can be very frustrating if you’re unlucky enough to have your bike stolen.

There are simple steps you can take to minimise the likelihood of this happening…

Black D Lock on a white background

  • Choose a good quality lock – it might save you money in the long run. A D-lock is a good choice and costs about £20-£30. Look out for the gold ‘sold secure’ standard mark.
  • Look for a purpose-built bike stand in an open public area if possible, and well-lit at night. This will be even better if it’s covered by CCTV. Find out where North Somerset’s CCTV cameras are at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/cctv
  • Secure your bike to something robust and with both ends attached to the ground or wall. Lock the frame to the stand and lock or remove wheels. Use two locks, or if using a cable with a D-lock, make sure the lock is through the cable, bike frame and stand.
  • Secure your bike close to the stand and fill as much space inside the lock as possible. This makes the bike hard to manoeuvre and the lock harder to remove. The lock mechanism is the weakest part of the lock, so try to make it as inaccessible as possible.
  • Remember to take the bike’s accessories with you, such as the lights – they may attract unwanted attention.
  • Register your bike with the national cycle database used by the police so if its stolen and later recovered it can be traced back to you. Your bike is marked with a number which is recorded with your contact details. Free bike registering events are run by the council’s sustainable travel team and the police. Follow @BetterByBike
  • Report a stolen bike to the police – it increases the chance of getting it back, shows spots of bike crime and highlights the scale of the problem. Be careful not to buy a stolen second-hand bike – insist on proof of ownership and check the bike frame number.

For more ideas and information visit betterbybike.info/bike-security