10 Steps to Protect Your Bicycle
The most effective deterrent to bike theft is to make sure your bike is locked properly and that thief knows the bike is registered and tagged.
The serial number is the only thing connecting you to the bike.
Always lock your bicycle, even if you are just leaving it for 30 seconds.
- Lock you bike correctly see How to lock your Bike
- Store your bike inside your workplace, secure garage, gated locker and lock it.
- Use two locks - a D lock and a cable lock. Buy a 8+ rated or better lock. Don't skimp on a lock.
- Avoid isolated places; leave your bike where it can be seen.
- Always lock your bike to an immovable object - a bike rack or ground anchors; thieves can remove drainpipes and lift bikes off signposts. Try to lock your bike in a secure building if you can.
- Make the lock and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked - stop thieves smashing it open by keeping the lock away from the ground; keep the gap between bike and lock small.
- Turn keyhole downward so thieves can't put corrosive liquid down the keyhole.
- Secure removable parts; lock both wheels and the frame together.
- If commuting, don't lock your bike at the same bike rack every day.
- Don't leave your bike locked overnight in public, ever.
Buy a set of anti-theft PULSE ID tags and place them on your bike.
Invest in a good quality U lock, rated 8 or above
Lock your bike when its in a shed or garage to an anchor bolt.
that locks your front wheel, rear wheel, seat, and forks
to secure your seat to your bike to keep opportunists away.
make sure you use a ground anchor or shed shackle.
Make your bike as undesirable as possible.
Remove a wheel, axles, saddle and take it with you.