There are some very simple ways to protect your bicycle from criminals.
If you haven’t done so already register your bicycles frame number along with any pictures and other details you have on www.immobilise.com.
Registration on immobilise only takes a couple of minutes. All you need is your bike’s make, model, identifying number code(s) and a few photographs).
l Invest in a quality “D” lock to help reduce the risk of your bike being stolen.
l Look at where you are storing your bike and make sure that your shed or garage is secured with a good quality lock.
l Many shed windows are never used, if this is the case – why not screw them shut. Fitting mesh or steel bars across the window from the inside allows light to enter but means the thief has to go to a lot of trouble to remove them.
l Replace broken glass with laminated glass.
l 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.
l 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. If there is no stand, ensure that it’s locked to secure street furniture eg railings.
2. Are you visible?
l Make sure you wear light coloured clothing, preferably luminous with reflective stripes.
l Make sure whatever you wear, can’t become entangled in wheels or chains.
l Don’t carry heavy bags or rucksacks, which may make you unstable.
l Always wear a helmet, as it may help to prevent serious head injuries, make sure it fits you and conforms to current British Standards.
l Fit a bell to warn other road users of your presence.
l If you cycle in poor visibility or at night you must fit:
White front light – Rear red light
Red rear reflector
Amber pedal reflectors front and rear.