Around 20,000 bikes are reported stolen in London each year. Follow these tips to lock thieves out and keep your bike safe and secure.
1. Get your bike security-marked and registered at BikeRegister. Getting your bike security-marked and registered is a visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught in possession of a registered bike, the rightful owner can be traced and they will be arrested.
2. Record details of your bike. Make a note of your frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), BikeRegister number, other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
3. Use locks of gold 'Sold Secure' standard. Also, use two different types of lock, with at least one being a high quality D-lock. It takes thieves a few seconds to cut through poor quality locks - make it as difficult for them as possible.
4. Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.
5. Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre. Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible.
6. Take parts that are easy to remove with you. For example, saddles and wheels. Or use secure skewers, which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal parts such as saddle or wheels.
7. Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
8. Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home. Bikes get stolen from communal hallways, gardens and sheds.
9. Don't buy a stolen second-hand bike. Insist on proof of ownership and check the bike frame number at BikeRegister.
10. If your bike has been stolen, contact the police. Give them your frame number, BikeRegister number, photo and any other details.