Keep your bike locked and secure
Follow these steps to protect your bike, and if stolen, increase the chances of having it returned. As soon as you buy a bike you should:
Buy a decent lock - preferably two
Expect to pay at least £40 for a decent lock. Quality D-Locks are most secure.
When locking up your cycle you should follow these pointers to keep it secure:
Lock 'tight' so that your cycle is hard to move around when parked
Lock both wheels and the frame to a cycle stand or other immovable object
Secure your lock so it does not touch the ground
Visit the London Cycling Campaign website for types of lock and Sold Secure for certified locks.
An easy way to do this is to extend your home contents insurance to cover your bicycle - but make sure it covers you for thefts outside the home too. If your bicycle is particularly valuable you may need to insure it separately. There are plenty of providers available, so shop around.
Security mark it
A number of bike marking schemes are available. Always ensure you use an ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) approved marking scheme, such as BikeRegister kits - the Met Police preferred bike marking product.
Follow the Three R’s:
Keep a record of the frame number, make and any other marks that can identify your bike if it stolen.
Register your bike details on online property databases such as BikeRegister.com. This will help the police return any recovered bikes to the rightful owners
If your bike is stolen in London, please report this via the Metropolitan Police Service website or by calling 101. In an emergency dial 112 or 999.
You can create an email search on findthatbike.co.uk, enter in your bike’s make/model, and it will search listing sites for any matches, and send any matching adverts to your email daily. If you are a victim of bike theft and you suspect your bike is being sold, do not arrange to meet the seller, contact the police, quoting your crime reference number.