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
- 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