Bicycle Thefts - Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 25/09/2021 16:42:00

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Good Afternoon Local residents,

There are around 300,000 bikes stolen each year, with 40% of all bike thefts occurring when the owner did not secure their bike, either forgetting to or believing that it was safe. We all need to store our bikes, safely even at home, but the theft of bikes from sheds and garages continues to be a problem as they often house multiple bikes – easy picking for thieves.

Whilst a number of stolen bikes are recovered each year, the police are often unable to return them or prosecute offenders as the owner cannot be traced.

- Record it - Remember to record as many details of your bike as you can, such as the make, model, size, colour, frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in) plus any other distinguishing features and take a photo.

- Double-lock it, secure it and lock the lot - It can take thieves as little as a few seconds to cut through some locks that haven’t achieved the Police Preferred Specification. Double locking is the best protection for locking any bike. However, we recognise this is not always possible or practicable at times. The best lock the police are advising people to get are D-LOCKS!

- Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre. Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand. Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come into contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.

- Remove the removable bits - Take parts that are easy to remove with you, such as the saddle or wheels. Alternatively, use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.

- Park secure - When parking your bike in a public place you need to consider many factors, including your own personnel safety and the security of your bike.

- Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit, overlooked and if possible covered by CCTV.

- Avoid leaving your bike in isolated or dimly lit places, always leave your bike where a potential thief will have to perform in public!

- Do not lock your bike to an open-ended structure such as a signpost – thieves just lift the bike over the top of it.

- Avoid locking your bike against a gate or wall, thieves will often use leverage against the wall or gate to break the bike lock.

- Electric Bikes (e-bikes) are very expensive, so try not to leave them in the same place on a regular basis as they may be noticed and stolen to order by a determined thief. You should also consider removing the battery if you can. Cycle lockers are a good option if storing your e-bike in a public place.

- Keep valuables secure when cycling - Always keep your valuables secure when cycling. Don't put them in open baskets or panniers.

- Be aware of your surroundings - Always pay attention to your surroundings, especially whilst stationary. Thieves target unsuspecting cyclists for both their valuables, such as mobile phones and their bikes.

- Remember safety begins at home - This is very important to remember as many bikes are stolen at home, mainly from sheds and remote garages that are not connected to the home. You should take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street.

- Improve the general security of your shed and garden. Secure bikes in a shed or garage by using a purpose-made shed shackle and padlock or a ground anchor fixed to the base of the shed, with a high rated security cycle or motorcycle lock.

- Remember to keep your bike safe when travelling by car - Keeping your bike safe while on a roof rack or rear carrier of a vehicle is just as important as keeping it secure at home or work, as it can take an opportunist thief only seconds to steal your bike when you park your vehicle.

- Always pay attention to where you park your car, and ensure it is parked in a well-lit, busy location where the actions of any thief would be noticeable.

In the meantime - please do follow us on social media where you will see updates around our patrols and activity.

Twitter: @Charnwoodpolice
Facebook: Charnwood Police.

PCSO 6128 Cody Taylor and PCSO 6389 Nuala Sherlock
NL62 - Ashby Ward coverage (Sharpley Road/Old Ashby Road end of Loughborough)
Leicestershire Police - Loughborough Police Station
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Cody Taylor (Police, PCSO, Charnwood/NL62)

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