Police Issue Advice on How to Secure Your Bicycle
|Published: 20th May 2012 18:56|
Summer is on the way and many keen cyclists and bikers will be dusting off and cleaning down their bikes for weekend rides in the sunshine.
More bikes and motorcycles on the road, however, could potentially mean increased opportunities for thieves, so police in Avon and Somerset are urging people to be extra security savvy.
Detective Inspector James Mcaninch said: "Many bike and motorcycle thefts are opportunist and even leaving a bike insecure for a few minutes can be long enough for someone to steal it.
"We use tactics like analysing crimes to identify hotspots for motorcycle and bike theft and police officers actively patrol those areas on foot and off-road motorbikes to prevent crimes and deter thieves.
"Many specialist teams also run plain clothes operations all over the force to catch thieves in the act, arrest them and put them before the courts to bring them to justice.
"We also work closely with local councils and shopping centres to monitor CCTV.
"All of these things help to stop bike and motorcycle thieves but we also need owners to be security smart and extra vigilant."
To report a bike stolen, call 101 or 999 in an emergency.
If you have information about stolen bikes, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.
Top tips for securing your motorcycle:
- Always lock your motorcycle using an approved lock, and lock it to something fixed.
- Have an alarm installed on your motorcycle.
- Always use the steering lock when leaving your motorcycle.
- If possible, when visiting places other than home, park the motorcycle in a place easy for you to see, or use a garage.
- When at home put your motorcycle out of sight, for example, in a garage. If it must remain outside then buy a good quality ground anchor and secure your motorcycle.
- If the motorcycle remains outside, then put it under a security light, and if it is in your garden, then put decent quality locks on your gate.
- When locking your motorcycle, disconnect or remove your battery. For motorcycles which require a kick-start, try removing a spark plug, which renders your motorcycle useless to any potential thieves.
Top tips for securing your bike:
- Use two different locks when securing a push bike and always lock to something fixed.
- Always take any parts of the bike which are removable i.e. saddles, wheels, etc...
- Always lock your bike when at home. The most secure place to keep a bike is in the house but if you can't use a garage or a shed.
- If storing outside, remember to store in a concealed location and cover your bike to keep it out of view.
- Always go for a lock that is accredited by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Secured by Design scheme (www.securedbydesign.com ).
- Consider investing in a ground anchor. An anchor mounted on a wall will prevent locks having contact with the ground which leaves them vulnerable to lever, bolt cropper and chisel attacks.