Bike theft is a terrible thing that most cyclists will unfortunately encounter. In fact, a study from LV Home Insurance shows that 20% of cyclists will suffer from it throughout their life.
Police trying their best to catch serial bike thieves is just not enough these days, with a staggering 376,000 bicycles stolen in England and Wales between 2013-2014.
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. Invest 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 Lock or What to Look for in a Lock will help you out.
- Lock both wheels and the frame. The logic behind this tip is pretty simple, giving them a much harder time to steal it will help to keep your bike safe.
- Don’t lock it up in the same place everyday. If someone walks past, eyes up 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 mysteriously 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. Your just asking for it if not!
- 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.