Alkington Parish Council

Serving the people of Alkington

Cycle thefts

With the governments encouragement to 'get on your bike' both new and second hand bikes are in short supply and in some areas difficult to source. This has resulted in bikes being in great demand and a good form of income for thieves. Whether it is your child's bike or an adult mountain bike they are no longer cheap and a good every day adult bike could cost upwards of £1000. You have probably saved up hard to purchase it so don't let it become an easy target for thieves. Your bike might be your sole means of getting to work!

Here are a few tips:-
Photograph your bike and record the make, model and serial/frame number. Register your bike with BikeRegister.com, Immobilise.com or Datatag.co.uk to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assists in owner recovery. In addition you can use a forensic chemical marking product such as SmartWater or Selecta DNA.

Photograph and itemise any accessories or distinguishing features on your bike.

When purchasing locks, chains or cables look for the SoldSecure.com label and try to spend a minimum of 10% of your bike's value. Sold Secure products are classified into three main categories:
Bronze Standard locks are tested to withstand an attack from an individual using a hand tool for 1 minute.

Silver Standard locks are expected to last 3 minutes.

Gold standard locks should withstand 5 minutes of continual attack.

Depending on the value of your bike it should be included on your home insurance policy (check amount covered) or subject to a separate insurance policy.

Bikes should always be locked whether in the garden shed or garage. Never leave open to view outside you property. If leaving in a shed secure to another bulky object, maybe another bike or lawnmower etc. When stored in a building with concrete floor/solid wall fit ground/wall anchor points to secure the bike to using a suitable chain/lock. Cable alarms are a good way of alarming and can be threaded through multiple devices. When locked cutting of cable will activate an alarm (replace battery regularly).

Plan your journey so you know what security you'll need when you arrive at your destination, it's easier to take two locks than report the theft and walk home!

When locking your bike ensure you use 2 locks that pass through a wheel, part of the frame and a secure cycle rack or hoop. If you have a quick release wheels make sure you lock the wheels to the frame and take anything else with you.

ALWAYS ENSURE THE SHED/GARAGE/OUTBUILDING WHERE CYCLES ARE KEPT IS LOCKED ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT AND WHEN NO ONE IS AT THE PROPERTY. SHED ALARMS ARE RELATIVELY CHEAP AND MAY BE PURCHASED FROM YOUR LOCAL POLICE STATION.

Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:35 by Anita Sach

Tags: Crime