How secure is your bike?

How secure is your bike?

Published at 2:51pm 3rd September 2019. (Updated at 4:49pm 5th September 2019)

Wiltshire Police want to help improve our cycle security.

We're being offered advice on security etching, and how to get our cycles registered, in case the owners fall victim to crime.

Now's a key time in the year for getting bike security up to date, with young people going back to school.

In the latest push to help bike owners, a special Facebook Q&A's being set up:

PC Mark Douglas said: 

"We continue to see a number of bike thefts in and around the city and we are working with bike users to try and prevent incidents like this happening by making it extra difficult for opportunist thieves.

"Work is also ongoing to identify those responsible for this type of crime which can be both upsetting and inconvenient for victims, who often use a bike as their only means of transport."

Bicycles parked at cycle racks in Salisbury - cycling bikes cyclist (Mike Draper) (1)
Bike thefts have been an ongoing issue in Salisbury in recent months, so officers are looking to do their bit to curb crimes

BASIC BIKE SECURITY TIPS

There's a list of top tips that have been put out by Wiltshire Police to help bike riders keep their kit safe: 

  1. Lock your bike in a busy, well lit and CCTV covered area
  2. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or strong immovable object. Ensure your bike can't be lifted over the top of any posts
  3. Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre.  Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible and keep the locks off the ground
  4. Register your bikes serial number for free with Immobilise.com the national property register or bikeregister.com
  5. Take a photo of your bike and the serial number
  6. Use recognised security locks - D locks to the Sold Secure standard or heavy chain locks with closed shackle sold secure padlocks
  7. Use two different locks - theft is less likely as thieves need different tools to break each one
  8. Try not to leave your bike in the same place every day
  9. Include your bike in your home contents insurance for thefts outside the home
  10. If you suspect someone is trying to sell you a stolen bike, contact the Police on 101
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