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- Always lock your bicycle when you leave it
- Try to avoid leaving your bike in isolated places. Leave it where the public can see it. But try not to leave on public display for long periods - even if locked properly
- Use a bike stand or shed if there is one available
- Lock your bicycle through the frame using two good locks
- Secure or remove wheels - secure removable parts; lock both the wheels and the frame together and remove smaller parts and accessories that cannot be secured
- Lock your bike to an immovable object, such as a bike rack or ground anchors. Thieves can remove drainpipes and lift bikes off signposts
- Make the lock and bike hard to move when parked. Stop thieves smashing it open by keeping the lock away from the ground. Keep the gap between bike and lock small
By locking the back wheel inside the rear triangle of the bike frame (see picture), you protect the wheel and the frame.
This is the most effective way to use a D lock on a conventional bike. If the lock is long enough try to lock it round the main frame seat tube as well as the wheel. Keeping the lock barrel end on the side of the bike itself, rather than against the parking hoop, reduces the opportunity for thieves to attempt to break the lock using a hammer. For folding bikes ensure you pass the lock through the rear wheel and part of the frame.
- Take out insurance on your bike, either by extending your home contents insurance or by getting a separate policy. Cycling organisations (such as the London Cycling Campaign and Cyclists’ Touring Club) and bike shops offer specialist cover
- Have the frame security marked
- Take a photograph of your bike and keep it safe
- Make a note of the serial number, make and model and keep it with the photograph of the bike
- Visit bike register to see bike security marking events or visit https://www.bikeregister.com/ to create your own account