Humberside community police teams offer top tips to improve bicycle security and thwart thieves
Police community teams across the Humberside force area are offering some common sense advice on basic bicycle security.
The teams are delivering the tips so people can protect themselves from becoming victims of criminals.
During lockdown, demand for bicycles and eBikes has soared across the UK with companies and bike shops struggling to keep pace with the increase.
This has made bikes more desirable to criminals.
A spokesman said: “More than 100,000 bikes are stolen every year across the UK, so what can you do to protect your bike?
“If you haven’t done so already register your bicycle’s frame number along with any pictures and other details you have on www.immobilise.com (registration only takes a few minutes and it’s free).
“All you need is your bike’s make, model, identifying number code(s) and a few photographs). If your bike is stolen or lost this free online register will inform all UK police and registered second hand dealers that your bike is missing.
“Invest in a quality lock or chain, eg a D lock, to help reduce the risk of your bike being stolen. Consider using two different types at the same time, as thieves rarely carry tools to break two different lock types.
“Lock your bike every time you leave it – it only takes seconds to steal.
“Keep the gap between the bike and the lock small, so inserting tools is made harder and where ever possible keep the locking barrel facing the ground too as this makes access more difficult.
“Look at where you are storing your bike and make sure that your shed or garage is secured with a good quality lock. Consider putting an alarm on the shed too – this could be a battery alarm or look at having the shed connected to the house alarm if you already have one.
“Consider buying a cycle anchor that can be bolted to the wall or floor of your shed which your cycle can then be fastened to or if you have several cycles lock them altogether.
“If you are having to leave your bike out on the street, where possible leave it in a well lit area and lock both the frame and wheels to the bike stand.”
The community officers also have tips for people looking at buying a second-hand bike.
○ Check the cycle for postcode security engravings and question the seller if the postcode does not match their address.
○ Ask for the buyer’s pack – original documents, receipts, tools and handbook, which came with the bike.
○ Check the seller’s knowledge of the bike, its size, make/model, who rode it, why they are selling, is their story credible?
○ CheckMEND – for a small fee you could see if it is registered stolen by checking any frame numbers or security engravings with the immobilise stolen database by visiting their website (www.checkmend.com/uk).