08/05/2017

Crime prevention blog May 2017

May Crime Prevention Blog – Cycle Thefts! By Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officer Gerry McBride

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I was a keen cyclist and commuted on my bike for many years and I’ve wanted to get back on the bike for a while now, so,  last weekend I blew away the cobwebs from my ‘trusty steed’ and rode to Redcar and back, a distance of around 5 miles.

I made sure that I took my ‘D’ Lock and plastic coated steel wire so I could lock my bike securely outside the halfway point café.

It can be so easy to steal a bicycle and it’s not always the entire bike that disappears as some of the component parts of the bike can be just as valuable. Cycles are attractive to a thief because they can easily be stolen due to poor security measures and they are easy to sell on.

In the UK it is estimated that we receive one report of theft for every five bikes stolen. Most thefts of cycle are close to the victim’s home address i.e. gardens, sheds and garages and this is usually because of a lack of secure storage in these areas, and sheds and garages often have inferior locking systems in place.
 
My top ten tips to protect your bike
 
1. Take several photographs of the bike and make a written record of its description, serial number, and include any uniquely identifiable features/scratches/dents.
2. Get a good bike lock—choose something that has the ‘Sold Secure’ accreditation: www.soldsecure.com 
3. Lock the bike to something secure, as tightly to the structure as possible, such as a dedicated cycle stand, even if only for a minute and avoid isolated places - leave the bike where a potential thief would stand out/be exposed/covered by CCTV/well lit.
4. Lock up any removable parts, such as wheels, using a heavy duty cable or covered chain, and take light fittings/pump/cycling computers with you.
5. Keep an eye on our social media channels to see when our Dot Peen property marking device is being deployed so as to have the bike's frame security-marked with the house number and postcode.
6. At home, consider alarms, a ground anchor, and fasten the bike to other items (steps, lawnmower) using a sturdy wire rope or chain attached to a high quality lock to Sold Secure standard.
7. Register your bike at Immobilise and the Bike Register. Registration is free for both, however, the bike register have a number of additional products for sale to mark a bike with a unique code/number.
8. Cycle alarms and alarmed padlocks are also available and these should supplement good ‘Sold Secure’ approved physical security measures.
9. Use the best security that you can afford. Don’t use a £20 lock to secure a £2,000 bicycle.
10. Check with your insurance company the security standards that they require.