April Crime Prevention Blog

Cycle Security, by Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officer Gerry McBride

Spring is in the air and many of us will be taking advantage of the nicer weather and lighter nights by taking our bikes for a spin to explore the great outdoors.

Up until a few years ago, I was a regular commuter and took the security of my bike very seriously. I always made sure that I carried a good quality ‘D’ lock and a heavy duty cable in my rucksack wherever I went.

Fortunately for me I have never had a bike stolen, however I do know a lot of people who have which is why it is so important to make sure your bike is secure.
Please follow the below tips to help keep your bike safe and to prevent you from becoming a victim of theft …

• Invest in a good bike lock (or two). Ensure that the locks you buy meet the ‘sold secure’ gold standard. You can find these locks in local bike shops. For more information on the best locks to buy please please visit www.soldsecure.com.
• Lock up removable parts (e.g. wheels and saddle) and we ensure you take light fittings/ cycle computers with you.
• Ensure the frame of the bike is security marked or engraved. We regularly offer bike marking events using our Dot Preen property marking machine. Keep an eye on the Cleveland Police social media pages for event dates to get your bike marked.
•  Make sure you take a photograph of your bike and keep its description on record including any unique marks or features.
• Register the frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in) and use this number to register your bike on www.bikeregister.com and www.immobilise.com.
•  If you leave your bike locked in a public area, make sure it is a well-lit area. When you store your bike in the garden, garage or shed it needs to be locked to something substantial such as ladders or a lawn mower which can easily be moved.

Finally …

Don’t buy a stolen second hand bike. Insist on proof of ownership and check the frame number of the bike on www.bikeregister.com.

If your bike has been stolen, contact Cleveland Police on 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It helps if you can provide officers with the frame number of the bike, a photograph and any other details which can help to locate it.