Hello and welcome to my guide This guide will guide you to the best ways to keep your bicycle safe and secure from the hands of bicycle thieves.
In this time a high majority of people are buying expensive mountain bikes for sports of high value anything from £300-£8000. These
bikes are an eye candy for thieves a two wheeled alternative of what
brand named cars like Ferrari and Porsche are, high value and a money
maker for criminals who can sell them on. Thieves find them an easier
target as bikes are easy to steal from a shed or garage, and as they
have no engine they do not wake the owner up when they are stolen,also
they are easy to transport for a thief to a safe spot by riding down
back streets and alleys instead of main roads in which car criminals
tend to do.
Common theft of bicycles are from towns when an owner leaves their bike outside a shop for example for a few minutes. But not all people know (only victims like myself) that another common crime of bike theft is from private property.
hope you take notice of this information on the website, I have done
this to help my fellow bike riders prevent their pride and joy being
stolen as I am a cyclist myself.
You may have your bike stolen from a public place or from your property.
This guide contains information for both home security and public security.
a thief spots you riding your bike they will follow you to your home to
see where you live taking their own precautions for you not to spot
them, they then come back to your property late at night to steal your
This is how many bikes are stolen from property as the owner is unaware they have been followed to their property.
has been seen in many cases during my observation on bicycle forums,
some of which are very shocking stories and which show what levels
thieves will go to steal a bicycle.
One of the most shocking
stories I had witnessed were thieves who broke into a garage with a
crowbar then smashed the car window in the garage to move the car into
the driveway to break the locks on the bike.
House is the best place to keep your bike and is always a priority even
if you live in a small flat or cramped home it is worth it in the long
run. Common bike thieves rarely burgle houses as most are known as petty thieves. This, however, depends on the thief.
the case of burglars, it is best you chain your bike around a radiator
or something securely built into the house like banisters.
If you would like to know more about burglary prevention simply click here which will take you to the website.
THE BELOW PICTURE SHOWS HOW TO LOCK UP YOUR BIKE IN YOUR HOUSE
thing you should always keep in mind is that if a thief wants to steal
your bicycle, they will always be able to given enough time, the
knowledge needed to break your locks and the right tools.
There are a number of steps you can take to help keep you and your trusted steed together:
-Buy the best locks you can afford.
-Avoid the bad locks.
-Use two locks or more (the more the better)
-Choose a good location.
-Attach your bike to a solid, immovable object.
-Understand the tools and techniques thieves use.
If you're looking for a good bicycle lock the following will tell you all you need to know.
How to choose a good bike lock
– in the UK there is the Sold Secure rating system. This classes bike
locks as Gold, Silver or Bronze. The three different levels represent
how long it will take a bike thief to breach the lock. If you have
bicycle insurance then getting a Sold Secure lock is usually part of the
terms and conditions.
Size – a lock
with a bigger locking diameter will mean you can secure it against a
wider range of objects. The downside is this gives the thief more space
to try and use a lever-aging bar to break the lock.
– obviously this is something you need to carry around with you often
and any additional weight on the bike means additional pedalling effort.
Usually a better bike lock will also be heavier.
Maintenance – you should use WD40 to keep the locking mechanism working well and not seizing up especially during cold weather.
– there is nothing worse than losing your keys just as you are about to
set off to work. Most bike locks come with at least two spare keys but a
third is often very useful.
have a bad reputation for security. They are far easier to cut through
than D-Locks. As a secondary lock however they can be a good choice.
Steel cable locks will be a better deterrent and also make a thief take
longer to cut through if you have one of these with your other lock.
are a better security option over cable locks and are rather strong
depending on how much you pay. However they can be broken open with a jack device if a thief is well equipped.
Chains & Security Locks are the best option when it comes to security. But it all depends on what you buy
Steel-O-Flex Granit 1000/800mm would be the best cable lock, I wouldn't
recommend anything other than this lock. However not as your primary
New York 3000 NYL is the best U-Lock/D-Lock you can get and is Gold
Sold Secure it may cost a lot but it is sold gold secure and will hold
up a lot of abuse to be broken. (Review Here)
Series III is near enough invincible and has took it's test in which it
has passed in strength against bolt croppers. It ranges in price from
£125-£200 depending on which package you buy but is worth it. (Review Here)
LIST OF OTHER LOCKS - Credit goes to LFGSS.com on this list:
make sure you don’t attach your bike to something that can easily be
broken, moved or lifted off. Spend that extra 5 minutes when you are out
and about to find a more secure object and your bike safety will be
ensured. Location tips: Well lit area with CCTV cameras around are the most ideal
is preferable to choose an area where other people are around and are
frequently walking past. Never leave it in an isolated place
Lock it near to other bikes – there is a decreased chance of thieves picking your bike as there will be easier targets around
Bike Lock Tip 2 – Buy the best bike lock
cheap lock is a false economy so buy the best you can afford. I’m
fairly sure I could actually chew through some of the bike locks I see
in London! Aim to buy a D-lock with a cable attached to it.
If there is such a thing as a “best bike lock” then these two would be definite contenders:
new york lock 06Kryptonite New York Standard which is available at a
surprisingly good price on Amazon. It would take a thief a very long
time to get through this lock. It is one of the toughest and remains one
of the most recommended bike locks. If you want to keep your bike safe
then this is what you want.
The second equally well recommended
one is the Abus Granit Xplus. It is very strong and unless the bike
thief has some seriously heavy duty equipment it will not move.
Bike Lock Tip 3 – Use your lock effectively
Lock the frame, front and back wheel to the object you have secured your bike to
Make sure the D-lock is tightly fastened so it is not hanging loose between the bike and the object you have locked it to
Face the D-lock (U-lock) keyway facing down so that they cannot spray liquid into it
Don’t place the lock too near the ground as then it is easier to leverage them for attack
Bike Lock Tip 4 – Use two different locks
different locks will mean thieves need two different types of tool to
remove them. They are unlikely to be carrying both of these. I always
take my bag with me and put the two locks in there. The one lock is a
d-lock and the other is a chain lock.
The bike thief will take one look at your bike with the two locks and will look elsewhere.
Bike Lock Tip 5 – Register your bike
registered bike is less likely to be targeted. Obviously make sure you
get a sticker that says it is registered to put would-be thieves off. I
highly recommend http://www.bikeregister.com/ and
http://www.immobilise.com/ if you are in the UK.
Bike Lock Tip 6 – Remove all accessories
bike is less attractive without lights, the seat post etc so make sure
you remove these if you have room to carry them with you.
Finally this excellent video below helps re-iterate the main points about how to lock your bike:
Almax Chains may be heavy to carry but they are 90% sure to be un-breakable and your bike will not be stolen.
A Ground Anchor
is a number one priority if you store your bike in a garage or next to a
wall outside it can only be fixed into a concerete floor. It is simply
secured into the concrete floor and is impossible to remove.
There is also ChipNTrace
who do a similar Electronic Tagging Device ChipNTrace offer a return
service if your bike is found and they also have people going round to
shops and trails and are actively trying to stop crime at the trails,
shops and centres. They to are involved with the police and have an
active watch list that gets updated on their website for all to see.
There is also a data tag device
which uses chemical etching and includes 1000 microdots for minor
components on sportsbikeshop.co.uk useful for placing on all parts of
your bike in case it is taken apart and sold as parts.
AXA Defender lock is a wheel to frame lock which is permanently mounted
on the rear seat stays. It is very common in Europe and stops the bike
from being ridden away as well as stopping anyone from stealing the rear
wheel from the bike. With the addition of the plug in cable this
becomes a good lock choice for people living in a low risk area. It is
quick and easy to use and because the key stays in the lock when the
bike is in use it is great for those people who are apt to lose keys. If
used in combination with a U lock for the front wheel and frame this
would be a good system even for higher risk areas.
Thanks for reading.
Also, I have left a forum open on here for you to ask questions.