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Locks and security for bikes


Riding a bike is a great method of transport. Whether you’re a cycling fanatic or use your bike as an environmentally convenient way to get from place to place, it’s important to know how to keep your bike secure. Bicycles are being developed in innovative ways, there is a greater range of models and thus also, more expensive models and parts. This means bicycle security is more important now than ever. Follow our tips for keeping your bike secure.



Locks are the most important security method for your bike. Generally, as you would expect, the more expensive the lock, the higher quality and lower the likelihood that your bike will be stolen. It pays to pay. You should always use a lock when leaving your bike unattended, even if this is only for a few minutes. When buying a lock, invest in one that has either a silver, but preferably gold Sold Secure rating. Again, whilst it can be expensive, invest in more than one lock. This is less expensive than replacing the bike if it is stolen. Using only one lock on your bike can mean that parts of your bike may be targeted by thieves, multiple locks can help secure the whole bike rather than just the frame. A combination of a D-lock and a cable lock is a good idea, or alternatively use two D-locks.  

Make sure that your bike is secured to an immovable object and check the object is fastened to the ground. This object should be one that will not be easily broken, cut or removed and that the bike cannot be lifted over.

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Security at home

When storing your bike at home, always make sure it is locked, even if it is already behind a locked door such as in a garage. This extra step may act as a deterrent for thieves at it would slow them down. If it is an expensive bike, it is a good idea to invest in a ground anchor to attach the bike securely to the wall or ground. Always make sure your bike is out of view of windows or glass doors.


Security On the street

Always make sure you park your bike in a sensible place, such as a well-lit, public street. This makes it harder for thieves to steal without the risk of getting caught either by passers-by or CCTV. Leaving your bike in a secluded location offers thieves the time to cut your lock undisturbed. If it’s available, use secure bike parking. Even if this means paying a free, it will be worth the money if it means leaving your bike in a secure place as opposed to unattended on the street. Avoid leaving your bike parked in the same spot everyday; this may stand out to thieves who then might pay more attention to your security methods and ways to exploit them. Also make sure that if you’re leaving your bike unattended, you remove any accessories that might be targeted by thieves.



If you own an expensive bike, it might be worth getting it insured. You could check if you’re home insurance policy already covers your bike. Check your insurance provider’s policy so you know under what circumstances your bike is covered.


Registration and police identification

Register your bike with immobilise or bike register (UK wide). Before you do so however, take a photo and record key details such as the frame number, make and model. The police use this service to reunite owners with their recovered bikes.


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