Bike theft is a terrible thing that many cyclists will unfortunately encounter. A staggering number of reports indicate that roughly 300,000 bikes are stolen per year in the UK.
For peace of mind, the best thing for you to do is to wise up and remind yourself of the everyday things that you can do which will help to prevent your bike from being stolen...
Don't use just 'any' lock
Bicycle locks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours and security. Be sure to check out the Gold Sold Secure rating before you buy. Look to spend some money by investing in the most robust, tough, lean, mean looking lock that will deter thieves, no matter how hard they try. Our Guide to Buying the Right Bicycle Lock will help you out.
Lock both wheels and the frame
The logic behind this tip is pretty simple. By weaving a lock in and out of the frame and wheels, you'll give opportunistic thieves a much harder time to steal your bike. You can achieve this by using one long lock, or multiple locks. Your choice.
Don't lock it up in the same place every day
If someone walks past, eyes up to your beloved steed and decides that they want it, they will most likely come back the next day with the adequate tools.
Just because there's CCTV, they're still keen
This doesn't scare off a talented bike thief with years of experience under their belt. Choose areas that are always busy and where theft would be noticeable to people passing by.
If your bike gets damaged whilst it's locked up, move it
This is often a trick bike thieves use to make the owner keep it locked up in that space for longer because you really don't want to try to cycle home with a puncture, do you?
Keep your shiny special bikes indoors
If it's cost you a hefty amount to purchase, always keep it indoors to prevent your bike from being stolen.
Lock it up next to a killer ride
It might be a bit of a low move, but thieves will forget all about your bike when they see its neighbour sparkling in the sun.
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