More than 150,000 bicycle are stolen every year in Britain. A large number of cycle thefts are opportunistic. The thief spots a bike that's been left unsecured by a rider who's just 'nipping into the shop for a few minutes' and a few seconds later they've nipped off with your bike. Cycles should always be secured no matter how long you plan to be away.
There's a wide range of different types of locks available for different circumstances. Your local bike retailer should be able to advise you on what's best for you!
In 2006, of all the pedal cycles that were stolen in the Lancaster City Council area, 70% were described as insecure, whilst 55% were stolen from rear yards or gardens.
Reduce the risk of cycle theft happening to you by simply locking up your bike each and every time that you leave it. You can also minimize the risk by following these basic security rules:
Basic Security Rules
Always lock your bike, even if you're only leaving it for a few minutes
Lock cycles through the frame. Secure or remove wheels (and other easily removed items such as lights, quick release saddles).
Use a good quality lock.
Park cycles considerately where they will not cause an obstruction to others. Try to use formal parking racks where these are available.
If using "street furniture" ensure that you are not blocking pavements for other users and that do not use fixtures that have signs asking you not to secure your cycle to them.
Don't park your bike in isolated or hidden locations.
Take advantage of free bike postcoding offered by the Police
A comprehensive FREE leaflet, ‘STEER CLEAR OF CYCLE THEFT’ is available by contacting your local Crime Prevention Officer on 01524 596538
Security at Home
More than half of all bicycle thefts actually take place from the owner’s property. This includes thefts from houses, garages, sheds and gardens. If you store your bike in a garage or shed make sure that it is well secured and don't leave your bike unattended outside of your home. Equipment such as steel loops are available to secure your bike to walls.
It's a good idea to insure your bike. This can be done by extending your home contents insurance to cover your bicycle - but make sure it covers you for thefts away from the property also.
Operation Chainguard - Bike registration scheme to help return stolen cycles
Cyclists purchasing new bikes are being asked to register their details on a new database to help safeguard their property. The move is one of a number of joint agency initiatives being launched across Morecambe and Lancaster as part of Operation Chainguard, aimed at reducing bicycle thefts in the area and increasing the ability to return a stolen bike to its owner.
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