Protect your bike from theft

Around 20,000 bikes are reported stolen in London each year. Thieves think cycle theft is a low-risk, high-reward crime. Follow these tips to lock thieves out and ensure your bike remains safe and secure.

  • Get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister
    Having your bike security marked and registered is a visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught in possession of a registered bike, the rightful owner can be traced and they will be arrested. Find out how to register your bike
  • Record details of your bike
    Frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), BikeRegister number, other distinguishing features, and take a photo
  • Use locks of gold 'Sold Secure' standard
    Also, use two different types of lock, with at least one being a high quality D-lock. It takes thieves a few seconds to cut through poor-quality locks. Make it as difficult for them as possible
  • Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand
    See examples of good locking practice on our poster PDF 2.23MB
  • Make the locks and bike hard to move
    Lock your bike as close to the stand as possible. Find out common techniques cycle thieves use
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  • Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking
    It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
  • Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home
    Bikes get stolen from communal hallways, gardens and sheds
  • Don't buy a stolen second-hand bike
    Insist on proof of ownership and check the bike frame number at BikeRegister.
  • If your bike has been stolen, contact the police
    Give them your BikeRegister number, photo and any other details

How to report a theft